Self-care is an essential component in our life and a crucial part of our personal growth and development. So, we need to know what is it and why it is important for us.
Self-care is defined as caring for oneself and provided by oneself often without medical intervention. Meaning that it is self-treatment. When you care about yourself, you take sufficient time to care about your body, mind, and spirit. Self-care is our greatest responsibility. To be mindful of ourselves, we need to know how to tune with ourselves and our personal needs.
Know Yourself: it’s the Gist
Self-care is not always pretty or glamorous. But it could make our life beautiful and calm. So it is worth to care about ourselves.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.Aldous Huxley
Within the top things that you need to know, yourself and your limits come first. Knowing them will lead you to know how to take care of yourself at all conditions. You’ll know how to take care of your mind, body, and spirit at your health, sickness, and the different mental, emotional, or physical states. Knowing yourself and your limits will encourage you to well-being and healthy lifestyles. Self-care is not prosperity. It shouldn’t be as candies or a bathtub full of roses because it’s a mandatory work.
Our life may fluctuate between conditions of high and motivation. Sometimes you give yourself a pep talk to convince her to complete all duties within the day. In contrast, sometimes you relapse and telling yourself you can’t do it now and convince her to postpone it until tomorrow. However, when we know ourselves, we could keep high motivation and avoid work postponement. Hence always be motivated, keep a positive tone, and continue your self-care. Although it is not easy to care about yourself, the benefits from self-care motivate you to continue in it.
What Experts Say About Self-Care
Stefan Deutsch, NYS certified Psychotherapist, says:
I pondered the questions and shared with the insight I believed to be foundational. The SELF-LOVE needed for self-care was missing. Academicians use terms like self-esteem, self-worth, self-support, self-care but rarely self-love. That is left to the spiritual community. People don’t realize that taking care of their own needs; eating, drinking, brushing their teeth, showering, wearing clean clothes, going to work are all acts of self-love. My own clients conceded that they were on the bottom of their Totem Pole of priorities. Everything in their life came before their own health and wellbeing; the job, the house, the kids, the family, the car, finances, and so forth.Stefan Deutsch
People who prioritize taking care of themselves are often thought of as selfish and self-centered. But it’s apparent that most people have a hard time reaching for balance in their lives — it seems to be too big of a challenge.Self-Care by Allison Seils
One day, perhaps, life stomps on you. So, caring about yourself- whatever it is selfish or self-centered- is necessary for you to avoid stomping by life.
How can we teach people to take better care of themselves without first teaching them that it is OK to take care of themselves? Just saying they should have never worked. Excuses people have a lack of time or skepticism that something can help. Translate both? Everything I am willing to commit to is more important than taking care of myself.Stefan Deutsch
Besides caring for yourself, self-care involves; self-acceptance, self-love, and self-compassion. Self-care is your inner strength. Since we can’t pour from an empty cup, we can’t develop without the inner strength. So, we need to take care of ourselves first.
Love Yourself Theory
Love theory said that: love is nourishment like air, food, and water. When we didn’t get love, we feel that we’re deprived. From this theory, we learned that; It is proper to love ourselves as much as we love food and drinks, and we need to supply ourselves with love sufficiently.
This just brings us back to the concept that self-care is not selfish.
Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1960’s American pastor, says that,
No one can have inner peace by pouncing on it. 1960sHarry Emerson Fosdick
When you love yourself, you’ll work hard to care about her. Caring about yourself makes you aware of yourself, and it decreases your fear from the coming waves. Also, it makes you remember your success, strengths, and how far are you from your goal.
You see that self-care is valuable and essential. You’re worth it because you are important. So, start learning to love yourself, being patient with, and taking care of her.