What is it
Before I went to treatment, I never really practiced self care. It wasn't so much something that I hated doing, it just wasn't something I considered. When it was introduced to me in therapy, I had the hardest time putting it into practice. It was so foreign and felt strange. Do nice things for myself? Treat myself with care? What did that even mean? I am now much better at self care and usually like to make sure I get it everyday. But what is it?
These are just a few things that equal my own self care:
- Watching one of my favorite tv shows, Impractical Jokers
- Getting some reading in (especially the Bible)
- Taking bubble baths while listening to classical music
- Napping when needed
- Watching some of my favorite Youtubers
There is more to self care than just the feel good stuff. There are responsible things such as being sure to take one's meds even if we feel "better". There is practicing good hygiene and taking care of our bodies and physical health, sometimes through exercise (when appropriate). Even exercising our boundaries (saying yes when we mean yes and no when we mean no) and not allowing others to drain us of all of our energy and capabilities is using self care. It is doing what is good and right for ourselves, and it is not selfish or self centered to do so. The Bible tells us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. It doesn't say not to think highly of ourselves at all. Taking care of yourself is more than okay. It's necessary. If today was a hard day, try one of these self care methods or make your own. Maybe you messed up and surrendered to self harmful behavior. Just do the next right thing. Don't reward yourself with hurt, reward yourself with care. We all mess up but we all still need care.