January 2022: Self-Care
Updated: Feb 1
Self-Care... what is self-care? The WHO defines self-care as, “The ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider”. It is a person's autonomous choices to engage in actions that promote their own physical, mental, and emotional health. (This also include choices that does not promote health or care for symptoms).
Self-care actions cover a broad scope. Self-care is attending to your body for nutrition, sleep, and hygiene. Self-care is also engaging in leisure activities, spiritual beliefs, and/or increases or decreases in social engagement. Self-care is choosing to attend to your thoughts and emotions and it is also setting boundaries on what is energy draining for you.
Sarah Archer, LPC says: "We have so many learned behaviors that fall into daily patterns that keep us feeling stuck. It is never too late to start taking care of you by creating new patterns. If you won't do it, who will? If you find yourself struggling with motivation, considering asking someone to be your accountability buddy.
I put together a calendar of simple daily exercises that will help create some time for YOU. P.S. Self-Care doesn't stop January 31, but let's take this month to start building a habit. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more information on each day of self-care."
What have you done for you lately?