Recently, I wrote an article titled Self-Care: Be Intentional About Caring For Yourself While Raising Your Children. The article detailed the importance of maintaining good “self-care” for physical, mental, and emotional health.
When it was time to write my follow-up post, I wanted to share with my readers, things they could do to provide themselves with “self-care.” Making a detailed list is sometimes the normal action for many bloggers. Yet, midway through my writing, I began to think about my life and what “self-care” looks like to me. I realized that caring for oneself is not a list of things conjured by someone. It is much more and not the same for everyone.
Over the last few years, I have learned what “self-care” entails in my life. It is providing myself with whatever is required for me to stay spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy.
A few of my “self-care” needs are, spending daily quality time with God, writing every day, and eating healthy and exercising. I also need to spend time with family and friends to talk, share, and laugh, enjoying one another. I also need time alone, to look at my life, assessing my emotional well-being, relationships, and interactions, to make sure they are good for me.
For others your needs will be completely different. Your “self-care” maybe getting away from your family for a set time, perhaps going on a mini-vacation. You may just need a daily walk or a day at a spa. It is all up to you because you are the one who defines what “self-care” is in your life. It just requires being intentional and discovering what you need to care for yourself.
So, take out a piece of paper and write down all the things that you need to be spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Then write down ways that you can incorporate that in your day, your week, your month, and your year. Once done, you must be intentional with following through with your “self-care” actions.
We need to live a life where we care for ourselves, so that we are strong for the people who need us and love us.