What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is being willing and committed to rejuvenate your soul and find your center—the place of unshakable peace and stability where you can weather the storms of life. Being intentional in our self-care practice is the greatest act of love we can give to ourselves.
Self-care can take many forms:
- Listen more to your heart and give your head a rest every so often.
- Be mindful when brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, walking, and so on.
- Simplify your life.
- Spend time with people who uplift your soul.
- Do something different.
- Unplug your phone and take a rest from all technology at least for an hour a day. Instead, plug in to Spirit—pray, meditate, and write.
- Listen to the still, small voice within.
- Move your body more, stretch, get plenty of rest, laugh, play, and eat more veggies.
The One-Minute, Four-Step Self-Care Practice
By Rev. Elizabeth Longo
Here is a practice that can be done many times during the day:
- Pause. Take a moment to disconnect from the world of time and space and simply be.
- Notice. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Be a loving witness. Relax. Accept the moment as it is.
- Breathe. Take a couple of deep breaths. This will take the attention away from worry thoughts as you allow yourself to relax into your natural state, centered and aligned with your Spirit.
- Be Grateful. Bring your attention to your heart. You might want to place your hand on your heart, feel the heartbeat, and thank yourself for taking a minute to care for your soul. Then find one thing you are grateful for in that moment.
It is crucial to our well-being that self-care be part of our daily routine, especially during our busiest times. It does not have to take much time or money.