Self care refers to actions and attitudes which contribute to the maintenance of well-being and personal health and promote human development.
Self-care is taking care of your own self, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually so that you are fully alive and able to truly fulfill all of your purposes and callings.
I believe that self-care is for everyone.
Let me briefly run-through some examples and maybe you will be able to relate. Often times individuals get really busy in life through a number of scenarios Unfortunately, we all only have 24 hours in a day.
- Business owners and C.E.O.s work hard and work long hours to maximize their reputation business and profits.
- Single parents work three jobs to provide for the family.
- 40 and 50 year old parents who have their own children also take care of their older parents, sandwiched in two roles of care.
- School teachers with children of their own, once they wake up they turn on the teacher mode and even when they get home they have to be in mom/teacher mode.
- Pastors who give and give and give might be neglecting their own care or their family’s care.
- Doctors and nurses working in 12 or more hour shifts.
- Let’s not forget our Heroes (Military men and women, E.M.T. workers, firemen and police men/women) who see trauma first-hand.
These are all examples of challenging scenarios, where self-care needs to be evaluated. But honestly self-care is for everyone. We all need to take time out of our busy schedules to take care of our own needs and care. We will not be as effective or healthy if we neglect our own care and health. We all have times in life when caring for our self is not our main priority, we have a balancing act between jobs, kids, spouses, institutions and those in our social network that need our attention and time. But what is one thing you are going to do to this week that is for you and your own well-being?