I was waiting for my girls in the café at the dance studio and was asked, “What do you do for self-care?” To be honest, that question caught me off guard. I said, “Um, self-care?” For a moment, I was speechless. No one has ever asked me that before, nor have I asked myself that question.
I say it all the time: it’s important to take time for ourselves; however, I give little attention and time to that thought and don’t always fully embrace it. I easily set boundaries in other areas, so why not for myself? Sometimes I feel guilty carving out a space in my schedule for myself and other days I meet the needs of others all day long until it’s time to sleep, wake and repeat. Can anyone relate?
“Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation.”
– Audrey Lourde
After a moment of silence, I responded with “I run”. Running rejuvenates me! I value my time spent with friends, catching up over coffee, a day away from the house to volunteer or run errands and attend meetings; however, I consider self-care time to physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually replenish. What do you do for self-care?
I’m working at scheduling time for myself and it’s starting to become a habit. It’s not only vital for me; but also, for those around me. If I neglect myself, I’m left feeling unfulfilled, irritable and burnt-out. I’m a better mother, wife, friend, leader, student etc. when I care for myself. Make a promise to yourself to make your well-being a priority!
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)