WHAT SELF-CARE IS NOT
IT IS NOT AN INDULGENCE
On the one hand self-care is entrenched in the consumer culture. In popular culture it is depicted as indulging ourselves, spoiling ourselves with products and services that represent the good life.
IT IS NOT (ONLY) HEALTH & WELLNESS
In managed healthcare, self-care is considered the duty of every individual to pay attention to our own physical and psychological wellbeing.
That way we take the pressure of the state and health services in particular.
But self-care is more than physical and mental health.
IT IS NOT SELFISH
Self-care is not an end in itself as the media sometimes wants us to believe. Looking after ourselves provides us with the vitality and strength to do what we need to do to make our immediate and wider world better. If I don't take good care of myself, I cannot live my purpose I cannot experience a meaningful life.
WHAT SELF-CARE REALLY IS
IT IS LIKE CARING FOR A LOVED ONE
Obviously self-care means to care for ourselves & to care is to:
IT TOUCHES EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE
IT IS AN ACTION, NOT A FEELING
Self-care requires a conscious, deliberate and active process of reflection, exploration, choosing, planning, doing and evaluating as we change, as circumstances change.