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The Importance of Self-Care in Hard Times

Our bodies, minds, and spirits are intertwined on the deepest level. When we experience hardship on a mental, physical, or spiritual level, it’s not uncommon for us to feel those effects on multiple planes. In times of trial and tribulation, self-care holds an importance that detached, modern societies often overlook. I’m incredibly thankful for all that my past has taught me. As an empath, I see that each time I suppressed pain from my childhood or adolescence, it manifested into physical ailments within my body.

Now, as a fully grown adult, I understand that self-care is not a frivolous indulgence. It is a daily necessity to ensure that we are in balance at all levels of self. When we neglect our physical body, we feel imbalances creep in. When we ignore our mental or emotional body, we feel anxious and depressed. By disregarding our spiritual body, we feel completely disconnected.

What even is self-care?

Here is what self-care isn’t:

  • It is not selfish.
  • It’s not indulgent.
  • It is not dependent on extravagant income or gifts.
  • It’s not something you do only if you have time.
  • It is not a reward for checking items off the to-do list.

According to one research study of self-care assessments, it can be “defined as, “a multidimensional, multifaceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being.” Especially in hard times, a routine of self-care can mean the difference between resiliency and prolonged suffering.

How can I maintain my health when I don’t feel like it?

Every person on this earth will go through a season of life, if not many, that challenge everything. Whether it’s a breakup with someone you love, a failure or mistake, or a health crisis, feeling “bad” is a part of existence. However, when you feel awful, and the last thing you want to do is take care of yourself, small actions of kindness can lift you out of the dark.

Ideas for self-care:

  • Breathwork/meditation/yoga.
  • Take a nap if you need one.
  • Nourish your body with a home-cooked meal.
  • Connect with a cherished friend or family member.
  • Make time for a purely fun activity.
  • Go for a walk in nature.

We must commit to self-compassion, care, and love at all times along our journeys. If we don’t take the time to respect our bodies, minds, and spirits, the consequence is burnout and overall deterioration. Remember, we can’t pour from an empty cup, and we can’t help others without helping ourselves first.

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