February 4, 2015
Self-care is first and foremost mindset. It is a way of thinking and believing that enables one to continue to learn and grow in themselves. When done right and in a way that is appropriate and helpful to the individual, self-care can be incredibly effective in character development.
Through a conscious, proactive, self-designed self-care practice, you free yourself up to be creative, experiment and be emotionally fearless. It gives you the freedom to experiment in your life with an emotional cushion funded completely on your own, unrelated & untouched by anyone else.
At it’s core, self-care is self-love. Developing a loving and supportive relationship with yourself must be grounded in self-care. By this, we do not mean, be selfish or self-involved. Rather, use your knowledge of yourself to continually work to develop the best version of yourself.
I know we all face many challenges in our lives and as a result, self-care will mean something different for each of us.
Being proactive to take of yourself is something that feels slightly uncomfortable. Putting yourself first, at least part of the time, is important for developing a grounding belief system about yourself. A belief system that every day, reminds you that:
- I am worth it
- I am strong
- I can handle this
- Everything will be okay
- There is nothing I can’t try or do
There are many situations in life which test our self-care, even for someone with a self-care regimen, you will always tested.
In our community, whether you are a listener or a member, self-care takes on a new meaning. In order to be your best self, put yourself in an emotional place in which you feel safe and comfortable to grow and learn, you must practice self-care. We challenge you all to think through your personal self-care. What does this mean to you? What are my beliefs about myself?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you develop a self-care practice:
- What do you do when you feel sad?
- What is the most effective way to vent your feelings?
- When you feel upset, do you prefer a quiet place or a noisy place?
- What do you do to let off some steam when you feel angry?
- What is something that you should avoid when feeling down?
Examples of self-care practices:
- Listening to music
- Getting some exercise
- Writing in your journal
- Do a craft or something artistic
- Talk to a trusted friend
- Cook a delicious meal
No matter where you are in your life's journey, a self-care practice should be part of your regular routine. The hardest part can be maintenance and keeping your self-care practice on track. If you want to talk about your self-care, our listeners are here to support you!
Written By: LauraS