“What is your plan for self-care today?” my out-patient therapist asked every. single. day. after I would share. I cringed inside because I felt as though admitting that I truly needed self-care was selfish. I didn’t feel as though I had time for self-care as my goal each day was to take care of my family.
Over time, I began to see the necessity and power of self-care. Without it, I couldn’t take care of my family. All I could do was survive.
You see, when I am truly taking care of myself, I can be all that God has called me to be as a wife and mommy. I can thrive instead of just survive. I can be joyful. I can be at peace. I can feel good emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Self-care is the most powerful thing I can do each and ever day. It is necessary.
Hear me when I say this: It is necessary.
When you finally get to a point in which you take care of yourself, you are saying that you love yourself, and you recognize that through loving yourself, you can love your family.
What is self-care? Self-care is what you do to care for yourself in a way that makes you feel your best in every area of your life. What does that look like? It can be just as different as each person is different.
For me, it can even be different every day.
The most important daily things that I do are: Read my Bible and pray, drink lots of water, exercise, eat fairly healthy (but not to an extreme), keep the house mostly clean, spend time engaging with my family, and reflect on what I am grateful for. When I miss one or more of these things, I start to fall apart. When I start to fall apart, so does my family. It is a delicate balance.
Every day, in my Facebook group, I ask “What is your plan for self-care?” I love asking that question because I desire for each person in the group to realize how important self-care is, and to know that they are loved and important.
What is your plan for self-care today?