January 11, 2014

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. In terms of health maintenance, self care is any activity of an individual, family or community, with the intention of improving or restoring health, or treating or preventing disease."  -Wikipedia

Self-Care is a must to stay healthy inside and out, functioning in a way that allows us to live a full healthy balanced life. This incorporates the physical and mental parts of our bodies. A healthy diet and exercise program helps with our overall health and our emotional health as well, relieving stress from our everyday lives.

For hundreds if not thousands of years, people have believed stress is a contributing factor in disease and depression, more so now than ever before with research to back it up.

If you neglect yourself you are at risk of depression leading to unhappiness, resentment, anger, short temperament, low self-esteem and more. In 2005, during the height of a MS Exacerbation I experienced my own depression. I thought I was too sick to take care of myself (never true, if you can blink and breathe you can exercise). I could see myself changing with the depression and treating the world and everything in it negatively. It became a downward, out of control, spiral that I could see happening but was doing nothing to stop it. The problem was I was feeling sorry for myself, poor me. All of this was visible in my mind and I knew it was going on. I finally hit rock bottom and made the decision to change. I  started with positive quotes stuck to my bathroom mirror and reaching out for help. It was a slow road but the rewards are amazing when you pull yourself out of the dark hole. I'm healthier physically and mentally more now than every before. This is my experience of how Self-Care can bring you back to life.

If you're a caregiver whether it's for a family, friend or in healthcare; and only spending time taking care of others and neglecting yourself, you're setting yourself up for burnout.

It's not selfish to take care of yourself. You'll actually be a better person because of the Self-Care. This will make you feel good and it will show with the people you help and interact with on a daily basis. You will be more positive with warm actions, opposed to cold emotionless actions.
Treat yourself to some Self-Care 🙂

"Without Self Care, There Is Only Sick Care, Not Healthcare." - Roshi Joan Halifax

Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck

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