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...
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...
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!"
Creating clear and healthy boundaries may well be one of the most crucial aspects of self-care. Some people argue that boundaries are even more important. I believe they go hand in hand, and that it’s not possible to address one without the other.
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 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 live, love, give and...
Sometimes self-care is about thriving and leveling up to the best you can be. At other times, it is very much about surviving and making it through difficult phases of life.
We all have challenging phases of life that bring times of loss, change, trauma, or any type of extreme stress; it is part of the universal experience, and it is part of being human. But it is during these times, that a special kind of self-care is called for.
“Coping” is the best word to fit the bill, but you can also think of it as nurturing yourself the way you would do your own child if he or she was hurt.
The way that you address these issues can have a major effect on the way they affect you. The good news is that there are a variety of methods you can integrate into your tool box, and they all fall into pretty much the same category as overall self-care.
Not only can you use these tools to keep from getting sucked further into the rabbit hole,...
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.
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...