What is Self-Care?

Do you take time to look after your holistic wellbeing? Yes, your social, emotional, physical, mental, financial, environmental and spiritual health and wellbeing?

If you do, congratulations! If not, maybe it is time for some self-care?


What is Self-Care?

Self-Care –

  • “refers to actions and attitudes which contribute to the maintenance of well-being and personal health and promote human development.” – according to Wikipedia
  • “care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.”Dictionary.com
  • “care for one self”the Miriam-Webster Dictionary
  • “These are our daily activities in looking after ourselves. The process of looking after one’s self. Avoiding all threats and issues that may make a person face irritable and uncomfortable circumstances.”Psychology Dictionary
  • “something that you do often or regularly, often without thinking about it”MacMillan Dictionary
  • “the practice of activities that are necessary to sustain life and health, normally initiated and carried out by the individual for him- or herself.” – “self-care.” A Dictionary of Nursing. 2008. Retrieved June 07, 2014 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O62-selfcare.html

Personally, I think of self-care as putting your face mask on yourself, so then you can assist others.


What Self-Care is NOT –

  • about adding more to your ‘to-do’ list – it can be about identifying your essential needs and then prioritising them
  • about a ’emergency response plan’ when stress becomes overwhelming and are close to burnout – it is about creating behaviours or healthy habits that you can do to nurture yourself
  • being selfish – it is about looking after yourself, so you can then give your best and provide value to the world by living your purpose and sharing your gifts.


Questions for Reflection –

  • What does self-care mean for you?
  • How do you currently take care of yourself?
  • Do these strategies include your physical, mental, social, financial, emotional, environmental, professional and spiritual health and wellbeing? If not, are there any helpful strategies you can include to look after yourself?
  • How do you take care of yourself whilst you are at work or in your business? For example – do you take time out to eat lunch everyday?
  • What self-care practice (or 2) can you incorporate in to your life today? Feel free to share it in the comments section below!

Please note – self-care is a personal journey and each day life is changing. So it is important to continually look after yourself (i.e. make it a habit) and reflect on your health and wellbeing.


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