21 Day Self-Care Sensation Celebration and Challenge!
Day 3: Walking by the water always soothes me.
Today, I am considering what self-care means to me. What is the definition of self-care?
There is no widely accepted, single definition of self-care. The Dictionary simply says “care for oneself: self treatment”. We have come to know self-care as much more than that. Many groups try to define self-care from Wikipedia to the NIH; there are a lot of definitions. All of which are very different.
For me, self-care is whatever we want it to be. We know what our bodies, minds and spirit need to feel comforted and soothed.
We know what feels good.
Many years ago, I wrote a Master’s thesis in Counseling Psychology entitled “Burn-out in the Helping Professions”. It was about healing the healers. Many healers (therapists, nurses, doctors, EMTs and clergy) suffer from burn-out or stress. We know stress causes depression, substance abuse, health problems and relationship problems to name a few.
I was working in a Thanatology unit in Los Angeles (very high levels of stress) and we created a “Scream” closet where the nurses could go in and just “Scream” to let out their frustration, grief and other emotions. Self-care can take many forms, not just a manicure.
We care for the body with healthy foods and exercise.
We care for the mind with meditation, music, prayer, writing and laughter.
We care for our spirit with art, connecting with others, being in love, staying positive and staying present.
What’s your definition of self-care?
Only YOU can know what soothes you.
Only YOU can know what relieves your stress.
Quote by Deborah Day
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”