What is Self-Care?

The topic of self-care for many is a concept that is a bit mysterious, if not confusing.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is a practice and a commitment we make to ourselves. It is any activity we do deliberately to support our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Not only does the right kind of self-care improve our health and life, but it can also improve the relationships we have with others.

Some Examples of Self-Care Might Be:

  • Eating right

  • Creating better habits

  • Exercising

  • Getting plenty of sleep

  • Meditation

  • Learning something new

  • Enjoying a hobby

  • Spending time with loved ones

Self-care is not always fun or easy, but you do it anyway because you know that the activity is what is best for you.

What Self-Care Is Not...

Self-care isn't necessarily about making yourself feel better. Person A has had a bad day. They practice self-care and when they get home, they change clothes, go for a run, then cook a healthy dinner. Person B has also had a bad day. On their way home, person B stops at the store and gets a 6-pack of beer and a gallon of ice cream, then spends the entire night on the sofa drinking and eating poorly. Self-care is about making decisions based on what is good for you, not what you feel like doing at the moment.

Self-care should also not be confused with pampering. While there is nothing wrong with getting massages and pedicures, these again tend to be quick fixes we give ourselves to make ourselves feel better in the moment. At the end of the day, self-care is a commitment to yourself to live, grow, and evolve in healthy ways. It means making choices that will lead to your best self and greatest potential.

If you would like to learn more please contact me. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.

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