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Self Care to Take Care of Yourself

What comes to mind when you think of self care? Maybe you have a narrow view and think of things such as facials, massages, bubble baths, candles, etc. I would encourage you to broaden your perspective when it comes to the idea of self care...

I like to use the definition as follows: anything you do to take care of yourself- mentally, physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually, and beyond. Suddenly this encompasses so much more. It includes things like feeding and nourishing yourself, drinking water, moving your body, maintaining good hygiene, getting sufficient sleep, visiting the doctor and dentist, and so much more.

What do you do to maintain taking care of yourself? I often have clients think of it like a pyramid. It's a good visual, anyway. Baseline, or on the base of the pyramid, think of what needs to happen on a day-to-day basis in order for you to feel like yourself, to maintain your health or body, to feel human, or to just keep on surviving. If these needs are not met, it will be impossible to reach higher levels.

In the middle and upper levels, you might have things that you can do when the baseline needs are met and you have space for more. These can include moving your body in a way that feels good and may even be fun; doing a skincare routine at night; reading a book you enjoy; spending extra time with friends or extended family; doing your nails; enjoying a movie; having a hobby; prayer and devotion; any many more.

Make yourself your own self-care pyramid and start with the basics today! See how much you are already doing to take care of yourself and what you can add to it to have a more fulfilling, satisfying, and enjoyable life.

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