How to Become an Expert in Self-Care

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This year has been a drain on all of us and it has forced us to redefine ourselves in many ways.  It seems like we have to be superhuman.

Now, while we lack a universal definition of self-care, which may contribute to our challenges in operationalizing it.  Most commonly it is conceptualized as any action that we take to improve our health or well-being. 

Let’s take a quick stock of our personal self-care

Self-Care Quick Check

  • I am more than willing to admit that self-care is a life-long journey for me, as I am sure it is for many of you…let’s do a quick check on our own self-care.
    • Do you frequently neglect your diet?
    • Do you frequently try to do everything yourself?
    • Do you set unrealistic goals/timelines?
    • Do you get easily irritated?
    • Are you forgetting things? (appointments, deadlines, personal possessions)
    • Do you often get too little rest?
    • Do you tend to keep everything inside?
    • Do you build self-care into every day?
    • Do you often find yourself racing through the day?
    • Are you too busy to even do routine things like making phone calls, reading reports, or sending out birthday cards?

How did you do?  Did you find yourself answering yes to some of these questions?  If so, don’t worry, you are not alone.

Before we can come up with a self-care plan, we need to start by answering “What does your self-care look like?”

According to the National Institute of Mental Illness (NAMI), there are six elements to self-care:

  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Professional

All or which require attention if we are to preserve, protect and improve our well-being and health.

See if you can start by coming up with one thing for each of the six elements that you can add to your self-care repertoire!

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