Self care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. Self-care isn’t a selfish act either. In order to help others and be an asset to family and society, you need a healthy amount of self-care. Keeping a conscious mind is what counts. Self-care has to be intended. if you don’t see something as self-care or don’t do something in order to take care of yourself, it won’t work as such.
The reason for this topic is personal. Recently someone in a position of authority said something that kept me up at night. “Because of the loss of lives in your home and your position as the primary caregiver, you have lost your sense of self. Your actions, reactions, thoughts and work are based on the needs of others.” I pushed back. I said “NO”. I gave example after example of why that was not true.
Then I was handed some homework. (I don’t love homework, and yet I understand the value.) So for about a month I have been doing my homework and learning more about shifts in my life. It is interesting and my journey is in infancy.
Here is a part of my homework. I am not sure how accurate it is and still it resonates as valuable.