A few weeks ago, Ashley Looker and I hosted a Self-Care Moment, 90 quick minutes to recharge your battery in the middle of the week.
One of the questions we always ask is, “What does self-care mean to you?”
And every time I am amazed by the lack of response or the simple answer, “I don’t know”.
It is as if we asked, “How many miles from the Earth to the moon?“, because there is often a look of utter bewilderment.
It appears as though we have been so caught up in the art of being busy that we have forgotten the definition and purpose of self-care.
So Give me a Hint – What is Self-Care?
“Self-Care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, emotional, and mental health.” ~ University of Kentucky
“Self-Care is any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate, and self-initiated – it is learned, purposeful, and continuous” ~ Wiki (yes, I quoted Wikipedia)
There is a common message in these definitions….
SELF-CARE (stopping long enough to refill your cup),
so you can THRIVE physically mentally, and emotionally,
ONLY occurs when YOU set the INTENTION
and take ACTION (no one can do this for you)!
To one woman, sitting in a lawn chair reading a book in the sun is heaven and to another it is a 6 mile run (personally, I prefer the book).
For some, self-care is a daily ritual with a scheduled quiet time, and for another woman it is a random dinner event with girlfriends.
Self-Care is unique to each person, and the possibilities are endless.
As you ponder the idea of doing something for yourself, STOP for a moment and pick something to do TODAY.
Once you have decided, follow through with the action – You are certainly worth the commitment!