Self-Care is for Everyone

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?

Old schools games online

Earlier this summer, apparently I had time to waste….and I did. I was good at wasting time…..

I was playing old school video games from my computer! That is right. I found emulators + roms for the emulators for my computer. So I was able and still am able to play the classic video games from the N64, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, and Old School regular Nintendo days! Also I found PS and PS2 emulators but I couldn’t get them working on my computer.
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It was fun playing the original (and best) Mario Kart…not Kart Wii, Not Kart 64, but OLD SCHOOL Mario Kart for Super Nes!
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And my other fav is Mario Golf for N64, because it has putt-putt features. The newer Wii and Gamecube version eliminated the putt-putt feature. 😦
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We are creatures of habit

I am learning that more and more everyday!
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I live efficient with structure. I like some structure. i like to be productive and efficient.
I have lived very free and spontaneous the past few months but now I am ready to come back to structure. I miss it.
Even as a college student, I lived a life of habit. I had a calendar and worked for so many hours, class so many hours, and extra circular activities, as well as organization, and then I FOUND time during my free time for anything else that was IMPORTANT.
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When I do not have a lot of structure in my life, or I have too much free time I do not need to find time, I need to waste it. And I have wasted a lot of time recently. I have not really done the things that are important to me. I just do “whatever.” Maybe I am not very well-discipled when given a lot of freedom. But I assure you when I am under a time line, deadline, pressure… I make time for what is important. I am well-discipled when I am given structure.
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Does anyone else feel the same way?
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Me and time

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So I have been finding when I have a lot of free time, I waste it…
But when I do not have much free time, I am very effective and productive. I use my time well, when I have to balance it and have deadlines.
But I am a loser procrastinator when I have too much time.
When I have more structure in my life it forces me to focus on the true priorities instead of on all the bazillion possible ways I could waste my time that are in the end useless and unimportant.

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For example: what does this say? that is a waste of time!!!!!!!!! (but fun lol)

Another great HomeWord Devotional that got me thinking



How Are You Spending Your Time?
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.— 1 Corinthians 10:31

If you live to be seventy years old, the average person will spend:

20 years sleeping
6 years working
7 years playing
6 years eating
5 years dressing (4 1/2 years for bald-headed men like me!)
3 years waiting for somebody
1/2 year in church
1 year on the telephone
5 months tying shoes

How are you spending your time? Are you productively making a positive difference with your life? Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can choose to make it a wonderful day with God. Go for it!

Technology and teenagers (part 1)

Many teens spend 30 hours a week on ‘screen time’ during high school
Generation Y and younger, are around media and screens (TV, computer, phones, etc) much more than any other generation.
There are a lot of reasons for this
and there is a lot to say about this. Today I am not going to mention a lot of commentary, because I am on my way to FL for vacation, but I want to post and supply you with articles and resources relating to this. I will post more information about this later.

For parents – guide to help parents understand internet

Recommended reading – Youth Culture 101, Walt Mueller

A lot of research related to the Internet and Youth.

Have a great day,
Alex