What Does Self-Care Really Mean?

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

“Self-care.” I preach it to members on a regular basis, but I realized I don’t know what that means for me. As a result, I tried to help too many people with migraine and am now trying to make physical, mental and emotional repairs.

I thought self-care meant taking a break every now and then. Meditating sometimes and taking a bubble bath or a walk (which I wasn’t doing). But that’s not working for me at all. I realized it is much more than that. I don’t think it needs to be complicated – I tend to over-analyze and can easily get stuck and enter “analysis paralysis.” But it does need to be thoughtful, on purpose and doable.

Before I go gallivanting about online, trying to find the solution, first, I need to believe that self-care is NOT selfish. I think Cecelia Tran says it very well, "Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause."

I need to know myself and what my limits are. What types of tasks zap my physical energy and what types zap my emotional or spiritual energy. I will learn to recognize when I am doing too much so that I can slow down so I can properly care for myself.

Next, I will start thoughtfully preparing a list of self-care strategies that I can put into action when I am too tired to think of something. For example, if I am emotionally zapped, I can go right to that category and pick an activity that seems just right to meet my needs.

More to come...

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