This is our third #lamsquare28daychallenge this year, and this time we do something a little bit different - it's about self-care. When we think about taking good care of ourselves, we may have very different definitions, yet buying expensive jewelleries or handbags, or going to a luxury spa or a 2-week Europe trip may not necessarily bring you joy, peace and health. Rather it's more important to build self-care practices in your daily routine. So first thing first: what is self-care and why is it important to us?
What is self-care and what isn't?
When it comes to the question: "What is self-care"? I really like the explanation from Raphailia Michael, MA, where she mentioned about "Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
What isn’t self-care? Knowing what self-care is not might be even more important. It is not something that we force ourselves to do, or something we don’t enjoy doing. As Agnes Wainman explained, self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us. ”Self-care isn’t a selfish act either. It is not only about considering our needs; it is rather about knowing what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, being subsequently, able to take care of others as well. That is, if I don’t take enough care of myself, I won’t be in the place to give to my loved ones either."
So are you ready?