Recently I posted how to adopt a sustainable self-care lifestyle by building a foundation based on physical and safety needs. Read all about “Balance Dimensions and Hierarchy Prioritization for Self-Care.“ A self-care challenge workbook was developed based on a balanced and prioritized approach. This guide serves as a guide to kick-start self-care. [Read more…]
Self-care is a basic need, one neglected by most of us – particularly when caring for others. In many cases, the perception that we lack time and that it is an indulgence prevents us from taking necessary action. We need to shift away from thinking of self-care as the occasional treat. Rather, everyday we should practice self-care. Don’t panic, this does not mean we have to cut away a part of our already hectic lives for some “me time”.
Personally, the thought of self-care often brought about feelings of anxiety and guilt.
- Why do we feel anxiety about taking care of ourselves? It’s the “where to start?”. Just another task to incorporate into our already chaotic day.
- Why do we feel guilty? In part, the illusion that self-care is a ‘treat’ or ‘reward’ opposed to a requirement for survival.
I realized that I approached self-care all wrong. We cannot just schedule in ‘me-time’ and believe we have met our self-care objectives. Sustainable self-care comes from first establishing a strong foundation that provides daily care without effort. Once we form a foundation, we can customize how to care for ourselves meeting specific needs without the guilt. [Read more…]