One of the main events happening every year is Self Care Week, hosted in the UK. The origin of this event was born of collaboration between medical communities over the last decade, with prevention education in mind. But the movement actually spans all the way back to the 1970's.
In a publication by Marc Lalonde, the then Minister of Health and Welfare Canada, the international program for Health Promotion (HP) was introduced.
"For the first time in this report, a major government had acknowledged the limitations of modern medicine and health care systems in improving the health status of the population. It emphasized the role of HP as a key strategy for improving health through a holistic approach consisting of not only a medical dimension but also psychological, social and economic dimensions." (1)
What began as a call to action, turned into a forum to address public health concerns. Now it has also grown into an...
Even though stress and burnout are common, it doesn’t mean they are normal! There is a reason doctors inquire about your stress levels at nearly every office visit.
There also seems to be general consensus these days, that the effects of stress have gotten way out of hand and most people are seeking remedies.
The problem is.. that while there are many lists of simplified coping methods for stress, research into true stress management indicates a number of factors that make it a more complicated matter.
Some variational factors include:
Type and intensity of stress
Level of burnout
Level of resilience
Co-occurring medical issues
Personal reasons for engaging and/or avoiding specific stressors
In most of the research, it is implied that the key factor is finding a combination of skills and methods that work for each person... and none of the methods will work if...
Do you feel guilty about the amount of time you actually need to care for yourself properly... or do people around you send shaming signals when you engage in self-care too often, for too long, or at all?
Are you familiar with codependency?
Self-care shaming seems to have deep historical roots in some cultures... but it never fails to amaze me how some of the same cultures can praise public narcissism, yet shame personal self-nurture.
If you find yourself in such a culture or frame of mind, here are some ways to shift the perspective and free your mind...
Who do you spend the most time with? You. So, why on earth would you feel the need to apologize for making yourself a priority?
The situations that life throws at you quickly sap your resources, and generally those situations require time or money. You don’t empty your bank account without replenishing it, and you need to replenish yourself too.
Therefore, when you need...
Caring for your body, mind and spirit is completely different from being self-centered; although it can become self-indulgent when out of balance, like anything else...
But what is it really? How do we improve it? Why don't we? And more importantly, what does it mean to YOU??
One thing for sure is that self-care requires time to explore what you really need in every area of life, honesty about what you find, and willingness to learn how to provide for yourself and/or ask for help.
Self-care is a process of learning to nurture yourself, and to care for your deepest needs with as much TLC as you’d give to your own child.
Self-care is an integral part of your mental, physical, and overall health. You need it to help prevent burnout, chronic stress, or exhaustion. Think of it as a renewable energy source; without it your lights go dim, your white blood cells lose their glow, and your engine sputters...
One of the most crucial steps in nurturing your self-care practice involves the work of exploring what you need most, in every single area of your life. This is such an important step, it can be considered the cornerstone of your entire practice.
What do you need right now in your home life?.. work life?.. love life?.. friends? What do you need more or less of? What do you need most in order to create a life you truly appreciate living?
It takes a great deal of honesty to get down the grit on this, and start asking yourself these types of questions.
If we don’t take upon the task of tending to tend our deepest needs, it is almost impossible to achieve our most important life goals. We can keep riding the hamster wheel, looping forever... watching our days, months and years melt away into infinity while we say...
"Maybe next year I'll start that project, get a different job, end (or start) that relationship - I'm too busy to deal with it right now!"
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The daily routines and rituals you practice to take care of your mind, body and soul can contribute to the contentment and joy you feel in everything you do.
We know it is well worth our time to integrate self-care into our daily routine, and makes our lives healthier in every way. But our days get so busy so quickly, it seems nearly impossible to give it the time it deserves. Every one of us can use wisdom for creating more consistent self-care routines, and creating more time for ourselves in general.
The key is in harnessing the energy of your time, which is the most precious commodity of all.
If you think about how each day starts, it’s easy to see how time gets away so quickly. The To-Do List starts rolling through our minds before our eyes even open. On most days for most people - there is somewhere to be, traffic to drive in, and a day to plan for by 8am sharp.
There may be dishes unwashed from the night before,...
Creating clear and healthy boundaries may well be one of the most crucial aspects of self-care. Some people argue that personal boundaries are even more important. I believe they go hand in hand, and that it’s not possible to address one without the other.
Personal boundaries are defined within multiple layers and meanings; and like every other aspect of self-care, they are completely unique to you.
The key to working with healthy boundaries involves defining these layers as clearly as possible for yourself and others. It is the act of defining that creates a boundary, and makes it crystal clear what you want to remove or keep in your life.
“Boundaries are a life enhancing system of ‘yes’’ and ‘no’s.’ They are stop signs and borders you install to protect yourself so that it is clear you own your life, make good choices, and pursue the authentic expression of who you are in the way you...