What is Self-Care?
The dictionary defines self-care as:
care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.
WOW! Such a clinical definition. Taking care of the self without medical consultation. So I suppose when you take aspirin for a headache, you are participating in self-care. But self-care goes so much deeper than that. There are things we must do for ourselves and only ourselves to keep our sanity. That is the self-care I’m going to talk about today.
Why Self-Care Today?
My Definition of Self-Care
To me, self-care is anything that you need to do to make yourself happy just because. You don’t need to explain why or have to answer to anyone. For example, I love my afternoon snack. I have a Diet Coke and something to eat and I will spend 15 minutes reading blogs. I look forward to that time because it’s my reward for drinking water all morning plus I get to catch up with my blogging friends.
I need and crave that 15 minutes every day. It’s not a complicated or difficult need and some may think it’s silly, but to me…it’s MY time.
Self-care can also be something bigger. A vacation to the beach is another one of my BIG self-care needs. As a kid (and still as an adult) I HATED going outside. I would rather have spent my days in my room reading. I didn’t like outdoor activities and I hated the grass, the bugs, the humidity and everything else that goes with being outside.
UNTIL….I found the beach. The first time I stepped on the beach at the ocean, I was home. I could feel all my limbs relaxing and I never wanted to leave. If I lived at the beach, I’d be outside all day. I didn’t hate being outside, I just didn’t like where I was outside. The feel of the sand between my toes is awesome. I don’t need to go into the water, but I love to lay and listen to it.
Each year, if I don’t get to the beach, it begins to cause me stress. I’ve felt it lately because it’s been a while since I’ve been there.
Whether your self-care is little or small, don’t be afraid to take advantage of it. If you need it, go for it. Don’t let others take those moments from you.
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Declaration of You Facebook Party Details
I will be participating in The Declaration of You’s Facebook party this Friday at 9:30-10a PST/11:30a-12p CST/12:30-1p EST. We’ll be chatting in real-time about SELF-CARE over at facebook.com/TheDeclarationOfYou. Hope you can join us!
Disclosure: I am participating in the official blog tour for The Declaration of You book, but I was not compensated in any way. I purchased the book myself (both paperback & Kindle version.) All opinions are 100% my
Let’s Talk About Self-Care!
What does self-care mean to you? What do you do to take care of yourself?
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