Maybe you’ve heard the latest buzzword and maybe you haven’t. It’s Self Care and it’s important. Maybe the reasons it should be a priority are obvious: you can’t unplug from your phone because what if work emails; you can practically feel your blood pressure rise as your kids argue. Or maybe, in your position, the need isn’t self evident. But in a week where on the same day of an important meeting your son forgets his science project at home, your husband is out of town, your daughter decides to cut her own hair, and the dog proves he is yet to be housebroken (to name a few examples off the top of my head), don’t you think you could use some Self Care?
The defines Self Care succinctly: “Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.”
Self Care is a preventative. It’s like your flu shot. If you take the time to do the little things to care for yourself and keep stress at bay, you are more able to deal with the stressors of daily life combined with the big whoppers life may throw your way: family issues, illness, and more.
It’s important to note that Self Care can look very different for everyone. Perhaps another mom on the PTA may enjoy a single glass of wine while she peruses Vogue after the kids are asleep. Maybe for you it is going to church. A lot of people find massages relaxing and invigorating. Others spend the whole time thinking of all the things they could be doing instead. are the new best sellers (don’t laugh). They engage your mind and focus on something outside of those stressors. Not only is their popularity and indicator that this is how some people practice Self Care, it shows exactly how desperate our society is for Self Care.
First, find out what works for you.
I once heard activities described as either life-giving or life-taking. Some things simply cannot be avoided and fall into the latter category. But what are the things in your life that are life-giving? Is it reading to your child at night? Is it cooking for pleasure?
Go even deeper. Of those life-giving activities, which are just for you? Maybe it’s a half an hour reading your favorite book. It could be journaling. Everyone is different. But you cannot begin to practice Self Care until you know what it looks like for you.
Here at PlumbTalk, there will be an ongoing conversation about Self Care and we welcome your thoughts on it. If something works for you, tell us. If you struggle with Self Care, let us know. What is the hardest part of practicing Self Care for you? We want this to be a dialogue because it is so very important.
NB Creative, Inc.
PlumbTalk Content Manager
How do you practice Self Care?