The True Meaning Of Self-Care

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Have you ever wondered what the true meaning of self-care is? Are you among the horde who think self-care is blowing up plans with friends for the third time in a row to binge Netflix or Shopping online as a distraction and blowing money on some skincare product you saw on Instagram or Promising yourself that you’ll work out every day this month, and then feeling like a failure because it’s an unrealistic goal, If you are one of these people then you are wrong.

The phrase self-care is very cunning. It has become a marketing and social media buzzword making it hard to get the root.

‘’Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political welfare- Audre Lorde.

Self-care is not selfish,

Self-care is not an indulgence,

Self-care is not time consuming,

Self-care is not a one-time experience.

Self-care is about being deliberate in taking time for yourself for the betterment of your mind, body, and soul. It is replenishing and refreshing your spirit differently. Self-care is watching an episode of your favorite show as a way to unwind at the end of a long day, it is treating yourself to a manicure or massage as a reward for crossing a lingering item off your to-do list. It’s acknowledging your love and making time for it every week.

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Self-soothing is INCREDIBLY important to our well-being. Sometimes, though, these activities may not actually get at stabilizing you, or creating opportunities for you to move forward.

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Self-care focuses on building up resilience, and the ability to thrive and move forward, whereas self-soothing focuses on back-up skills for use within a crisis or when needing support to resist some type of negative urge. Selfcare involves changing habits, which may not feel comfortable in the moment.

Practicing self-care does not mean you are choosing yourself over your loved one. It means that you are simply being mindful of your own needs, so you are better able to support the people you care about. When you take care of yourself and are not stressed, you are better able to meet the needs of others.

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  • Focus on your strengths.
  • Focus on solving problems.
  • Focus on the future instead of reviewing hurts from the past.
  • Focus on your life instead of your illness.
  • Live Healthy.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • See friends to build your sense of belonging.
  • Try to do something you enjoy every day.
  • Find ways to relax.

Let’s make something together.


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