When I say self-care, what do you think of? What do you think self-care means? I decided to do a little search using my friend Google to find out if there is an actual definition, and Google did not disappoint.
According to the World Health Organization self-care is:
Activities individuals, families, and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health.
Well, that seems a little intense to me! Who knew that self-care would be such a broad term.
I believe self-care to be the connection of physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life coming together to promote health and well-being.
As a mama, that can be somewhat tricky to manage.
I know that every day it seems like I have 101 urgent needs to attend to, and taking care of me seems to come at the very end of it, if at all.
I mean, there are often times when I have trouble making my own lunch, so I eat whatever is left over from the kids’. I barely have time to take a shower some days, let alone do my hair and makeup and dress nicely, and even if I did that, most likely one of the kids would spill something on me.
What are some examples of self-care?
I think that there are tons of different ways to provide self-care, here are some of them, and I plan to discuss them all much more throughout this series:
o Getting enough sleep
o Eating a whole foods diet
o Drinking lots of water
o Cutting back on caffeine – this is a hard one for me!
o Taking a retreat
o Setting life goals
o Having a good morning routine
o Bible reading and meditation
There are a lot of other ways to define self-care, but we will get into that more as the days and weeks move on.
I would love to know: What one thing do you try to do just for you every day?
For me, I try to get up every morning before the kids, have a HOT cup of coffee and write. It helps center me, and prepares me for a day with 3 little ones!