Thursday, October 1, 2015

31 Days - What is Self-Care?


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   Journaling
     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!

25 comments:

  1. I'm excited to read this series! Self care for me is getting up before everyone as well. I need to take that time to prepare for the day and have some coffee. That's a treat - to have a little peace before the day begins. Looking forward to reading more - I love your definition by the way! Spot on!

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    1. Yes, that time in the morning with HOT coffee is the best :-)

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  2. I am looking forward to this series! I am horrible with self-care, mainly because I feel that I do quite a few things "for me" but there isn't always enough of the *right* things going on - which is the same as doing nothing!
    I try and journal every day. It doesn't always happen, but to write something down each day is one of the best ways I have to try and manage. I've a nice notebook to do it in, and a fountain pen (with bright pink ink, even!) and it's just soothing. :)

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    1. I love journaling! It is something that definitely centers me. And I love that you have a fountain pen with bright pink ink! I will have to search for something like that, I am always looking for new, fun pens :-)

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  3. I start my day with coffee too, getting it all set up before bed. Then try to head out for a run before everyone gets up. I have realized over the years that going to bed at a decent hour is the most important self care thing I can do. This mama doesn't do well with too little sleep. ;)
    Tricia (from www.roadtriptheworld.com)

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  4. Self care, for me, is rest (not a mom, obviously)., With my health, I have to make sure I do a few self care things, and daily. So rest is just one of the key components.

    Stacey
    www.gracefullyovercoming.me

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  5. Once the kids are finally in bed and asleep I light candles and write or read or watch a movie or whatever I feel like.The most important thing for me though is probably reminding myself to stop and think before volunteering myself for something, it doesn't come easy but I am always glad when I do it saves a lot of extra stress.

    Kristina
    http://unashamedgrace.com

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  6. Once the kids are finally in bed and asleep I light candles and write or read or watch a movie or whatever I feel like.The most important thing for me though is probably reminding myself to stop and think before volunteering myself for something, it doesn't come easy but I am always glad when I do it saves a lot of extra stress.

    Kristina
    http://unashamedgrace.com

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  7. I'm still learning self care, it's such a challenge for me! I'm striving to break, or at least cut down, the caffeine and up the water right now!

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  8. I would like to be better at thinking of myself for once so that is something I need to practice. I need some me time.

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  9. I guess after reading your post I need to take care my self better, I never have enough sleep :(

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  10. Getting enough sleep is definitely my biggest struggle! My 7 month old has not been sleeping well at all and it is tough to get enough right now. Maybe some day... haha

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  11. I so need to focus more on self care! I stretch myself way too thin and then can't figure out why I am so worn down!

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  12. I make sure I get enough sleep, but sometimes, my online work won't allow me. I also start my day with a mug of coffee.

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  13. I have added meditation to my life this year in the name of self-care. I rally helps center me.

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  14. I tend to forget self-care too often then get overwhelmed and crash an burn. This is a practice I KNOW is important, but I sadly don't follow through for myself most of the time.

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  15. Self care is so important, and you have some great ideas on your list. I especially love being in scripture and getting enough sleep. But cutting back on caffeine would be damaging to my health!!

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  16. cutting back on caffeine is a hard one for me as well. I don't' sleep well and live on coffee all day long to get through - always on the go with three kiddos! Life of a mom!☺

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  17. I have to get ready. I just need those 20-30 mins to put myself together in the morning. If I don't, I feel gross and that just makes me crabby all day. My daughter is great and totally gives me the time I need.

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  18. Great ideas. I fall short in a lot of those but find that quality time with my family rejuvenates me.

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  19. These are great ideas. I really need to be better about eating healthier and getting more sleep. I would love to find time to write before my kids are awake, but it seems I actually write better after they go to bed at night.

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  20. This is a great list! My favorite thing for self care is an epsom salt bath every week. It helps me start the week off in a calm manner. :)

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  21. I'm trying so hard to make more time for myself. Self care is so important, I just think it's hard when you have a little kid at home

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  22. This is great. I think taking care of yourself is so important.

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  23. I do need this. It feels like I haven't actually taken cared of myself the past few months.

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