2018 is here! Have you found yourself year after year making resolutions that are half fulfilled? I know I have. My goal this year is to enjoy being ME and embracing all of me.
Starting with Self-Care
The Oxford Dictionary’s definition of self-care is “the purpose of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health”. We can dig a little deeper and break self-care into the 4 key elements – physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and how to incorporate them into our daily lives for overall wellness for you and your family.
Self-care involves taking care of you physical health and incorporating a healthy lifestyle. From walks in the park, going to the gym, eating healthy and drinking lots of water. Also, unplug from time to time. Step away from the computer, phone, television, etc.
Emotional self-care may include surrounding yourself with positive people. People you care about and people who care about you. Setting clear boundaries for yourself when it comes to your time and energy. Try not to harbor any ill feelings or emotions inside but take time to express how you feel in a positive and receiving way.
Psychological self-care may include giving attention to things that are in your control. Doing things to stimulate your creativity, professionally or just for fun. This may include reading, journaling, meditating, perfecting your craft, or even turning what you are passionate about into a business. Take time for self-awareness, to learn, to think, and grow.
Spiritual self-care may include prayer or meditation. You may want to take time to reflect and practice mindfulness and gratitude.
There it is guys, the 4 key elements of self-care. You may be saying that you are already incorporating these elements in your daily lives. If so, sit back and reflect on how to improve them and make sure to involve your family in them as well. If you feel it’s too much for you to incorporate in one day then choose a one day out of the week to practice self-care.
I would love to hear how you plan to incorporate self-care in to your life this coming year. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Wishing you all the best!
Camilia Z. Majette, MHSA
Camilia, Founder and CEO of Nailah's Shea, LLC is a mom, wife, global traveler, humanitarian, and entrepreneur. She loves to share her knowledge and passion about natural living and wellness with everyone she meets.