"Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure, etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.), socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication." - World Health Organization 1998
Do you feel selfish when you practice self-care? I could tell you to stop it, but that's not enough, especially if you've held this as a lifelong belief. Rather than slapping a negative adjective, such as “selfish” on self-care, leave off the judging word. Just make it something you do. Period. Thoughts that you think over and over again become beliefs. Make self-care a new belief. Click to read the rest of Self-Care Is Not Selfish on the U.S. Pain Foundation site, originally published on Healthcentral.com.
In the meantime, if you always start your busy day in a panic, get up five minutes earlier to develop a contemplative practice; do something that sets the tone for how you'd like your day to unfold.
- Watching the sunrise?
- Reading something uplifting?
- Savoring your first cup of tea or coffee?
- Gentle stretching?
- Giving thanks?
- Listening to the sounds of an awakening world?
- Balance the two branches of your autonomic nervous system?
Give yourself an opportunity to experiment with a number of different contemplative activities. Does it change anything for you once you've been doing it for a while?
How do you start your day? Is there something you'd add to the list?