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Global Self-Care Movements

 


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...

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The Art Of Putting Yourself First

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...

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What Do You Need Most...?

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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Self-Care for Perfectionism

Perfectionists strive to be the best at everything they do, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing.  Many perfectionists excel in their fields.  But that doesn't mean this personality trait isn't without its downsides.

When a minor setback feels like a major personal failure, that's when perfectionism becomes a burden.  Perfectionists may hold themselves or others to standards they know are unrealistic.  If your perfectionism interferes with your ability to form or maintain relationships, there are steps you can take to break free.

Perfectionism vs. Aspiring to Greatness

There is no work of art in any museum that's perfect.  Every famous painting has plenty of blemishes that only a trained eye can spot. 

The Mona Lisa is a great work of art, but if you look at it with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, you'll find that the painting is made up of over 40 layers of paint!  Had DaVinci gone much further beyond the 40th coat, he could have lost the...

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