Jamie Sculley, ND
Self-Care & How You Can Start Practicing It Today
Updated: May 7, 2020
What Is Self Care?
Self care is a broad concept that describes taking care of yourself, thinking about yourself and speaking about yourself in positive ways. The main concept of self care is that you are putting yourself first, you are making yourself a priority and you’re living like you care about yourself.
Many of us, women especially, don’t live like this. We learn from various sources that we should be ashamed of our bodies, we’re too fat or too thin, too bossy, or too quiet. We learn that we are not good enough, in whatever way that means to you. We talk about ourselves in a negative way, we think negative thoughts, put ourselves down, are self-deprecating, or put others needs ahead of our own.
Many people may see self-care as being selfish, but it’s not. Self care doesn’t mean that you neglect others, take from them or harm anyone else. It means that you take care of yourself, which in turn can help you take better care of others.
It’s a way to “fill up your cup” so you’re not giving from a place of being empty. When you feel taken care of, you can take care of your family, work, run your business and feel generous and joyful doing it. You have an “overflowing” cup and plenty to share with others.
It’s a way to show love and appreciation to yourself, much like you would show to someone you love. It’s a way to build a relationship with yourself based on love and respect.
I think it’s an important topic to bring up if you're beginning a health journey. You are practicing self care by starting this journey. I want you to have a strong foundation so when obstacles come along that might challenge you, you’ll know that you deserve to feel healthy and happy and can work through them.
Examples of Self Care
You may have heard of self care being about getting a massage or getting your hair and nails done, but you can practice it in so many other ways. It can include pampering yourself but it can also involve setting boundaries with others, eating healthy food, going for a walk, listening to your favorite music, or taking a day off when you’re sick.
Here are some examples to get you started. Or download this printable here.
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