What is Self-care?

Self-care is the intentional care of one’s mental, physical, and emotional health, through everyday practices and activities.

Self-care is increasing in popularity and for a good reason. In the age of information and information overload, increased productivity demands, irrational goal setting, mixed with glitz and topped off with jealousy – people ambitiously pursue success to their own detriment.

We recklessly allow our pursuits to take precedence over our health, families, finances, and happiness when the achievement of our goals mean nothing if we aren’t whole.

Self-care leads you to wholeness.

Self-care is about balance. You don’t want to grow emotionally and neglect yourself financially. Also, you don’t want to become financially sound and dismiss inner peace. Therefore, self-care adopts a holistic approach to self-improvement, self-development and the complete care of you  | body + soul + spirit | .

Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is self-preservation.

Self-care takes a proactive stance to protecting and guarding your well-being against life stressors, emotional burnout, and things that steal your peace! 

Self-care is about what matters to you. When you’re healthy and happy, you provide better for yourself and others.  

We all need a self-care plan [routine, personalized maintenance] to function, to be, and to become our best, so let’s get started.

The #1 Essential for Every Self-care Plan

Though your self-care plan is unique to you, there is one standard common to all. It’s something that everyone has free access to, yet there never seems to be enough of. It’s something that influences us, yet we cannot influence or alter it. It’s something that we command and dictate daily, but our days are still limited to and obstructed by it. It is time.

Self-care is the best thing you can expend your energy on. It’s not optional, but mandatory.

Time-saving tools have increased to boost productivity, but when we save time we often pile more onto our plates. We find other things to replace the time instead of relaxing and simply caring for ourselves.

7 Fundamental Areas For Personal Development

Understanding how critical self-care and your devotion towards it is, you’ll want to maximize your plan by focusing on what’s relevant to you. An important factor to developing your plan is uncovering where you are to give you a basis to start from. So, I’ve created a free Self-care Wellness Assessment explicitly for my readers based on seven areas of wellness I extracted from biblical principles and my relationship with God. They include spiritual, emotional/mental, physical, financial, familial, relational/social, and occupational health, which I believe are essential to wholeness.

My free Self-care Wellness Assessment highlights healthy wellness habits, but more importantly, it helps you to identify and correct self-deprecating behaviors, mentalities, and operations working in your life.

Once you evaluate where you are:

  • Commit to the daily care of you – Use the assessment to create a plan and stick to it.
  • Start small, finish big – use short-term goals to build the momentum and the confidence required to knock out the bigger ones.
When you’re healthy and happy, you’re better for yourself and others.

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