What if I told you that self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity? There is even research that proves that self-care must be on top of everyone’s list of priorities!
A recent study on health and self-care by the Samueli Foundation states that “more than 9 in 10 physicians (96%) believe self-care should be considered an essential part of overall health, and 88 percent of patients agree.” Yet, “more than 1 in 4 Americans (28%) say they feel guilty when practicing self-care.” Most of them believe that self-care is only possible for people who have enough time. Some even believe that self-care can only be done when they have enough money.
Let’s take a look at what I call the four foundations of self-care. You'll see that most of these don’t require unrealistic time or financial commitments:
A walk in your neighborhood counts as exercise. Connecting with a loved one can help us feel better. Asking for help can take some burdens off our shoulders (even if it’s just to ask a family member to empty the dishwasher or do the laundry). Watching your favorite show can be nourishing as well – but please leave the bag of chips or popcorn in the kitchen cabinet (or better yet, on the store shelf) and eat something nutritious instead.
Here are some of my favorite self-care tips:
Yes, your attention, time, and energy are your most valuable resources. And time is not something we can get back. But we can adjust our focus and how we spend our attention. And we can definitely get our energy back when we are depleted. Through rest, relaxation, and what brings us joy.
Starting today, let’s not feel guilty about taking care of yourself anymore!
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