Hello beautiful people and welcome back to my blog. We are going to talk a lot about Self-Care today. Its something that has been very close to me but lately the extent of self-care has expanded a lot and we are going to talk about all that but first lets start with basics. What is self-care?
“The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.”
WHO defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”.
Self-care is one of those terms that is thrown around a lot and often misunderstood a lot as well. The definition in itself is pretty self-explanatory but I would just like to add “mindfully” to it. And I say that because its a very “personalized”, “to each his own” and not a “one size fits all” thing. There are several “how-to” and “what-to” articles and vlogs on the net but remember what works for them might not work for you. You need to be mindful of what works for you and what doesn’t. You need to figure out based on your personality, lifestyle, health and circumstances what is it that you need? And once you have understood your requirements, then comes trying and testing out different things that could make you feel better, happier and well.
Mindfully identifying what is needed, what works and what doesn’t, for you to be happy and healthy is self-care.
Its identifying the regime that works for you and that when followed consistently over a period of time makes you feel great. Its not a one off activity rather something that needs to be build into our routines to reap benefits. It is constant and continuous improvement. A self-care coach, has broadly categorized self-care into three areas:
1. Care for your body: Your fitness, diet, sleep, nutrition, health.
2. Care for your inner-self: Your thoughts, emotions, feelings, attitude, spirituality, psychology.
3. Care for your community: Your family, friendships and relations at work or with people in community.
Now with all that said self-care for you might be a travel weekend or a meeting friends weekend or a stay at home and reflect weekend. It can include me time or community time or time at your gym/ yoga class. It can be cleaning your cupboards, cooking a meal or reading a book. It can also be sorting your finances, working on your career/ studies or just spending a few hour in a garden. Like I said before, you got to figure out what you need and then try a few things till you find the ones that get you energised and help you live a balanced, beautiful life.
You can chalk out an hour everyday to focus on your self-care, either in the morning before everyone is up and its quiet and peaceful or at night after you are done with your day and are about to wind down. If daily is too difficult to begin with, you can set aside a day or half-a-day during weekend make it your self-care Saturday/ Sunday whatever suits you. Just make sure that it is like I said a constant, continuous improvement practice so you actually reap the benefits of it all. In the end I would just close with a quote:
There’s only one corner of the Universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
– Aldous Huxley