Self-care is one of the most overstated forms of care, and for good reason. If done right, it can have such a significant impact on maintaining mental and physical health and defending against daily stress and anxiety. Yet, it is one of the most misunderstood skills. I know when I first heard of self-care, I thought of Eat, Pray, Love, and how I was going to fund a trip to Italy to have sex and eat lots of food. However, that is not only unrealistic for many of us; it is also an unstable way to practice self-care.
Self-care if done right, it can have such a significant impact on maintaining mental and physical health and defending against daily stress and anxiety.

Self-care

Self-care is defined as "the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health." by the Oxford dictionary. However, what the directory does not tell you is that self-care is built into the code of ethics by the American Psychological Association because it is proven to help prevent burnout, psychological distress, reduce stress and anxiety, and buffer trauma. Self-care and what is really is, is taught to graduate students in psychology, and now I am telling you (because I love you).

Myths & Truths

Myth: Self-care is elaborate: Instagram would have us believing taking a trip to the beach on the other side of the country is self-care. While it can be, like my statement above, it is unrealistic and not practical. You cannot up and run when you need to care for yourself.
Truth: Self-care is small daily actions: You have to find ways to practice every day, and you have to build up to doing it well. Many times when life gets busy, the first thing we drop are the self-care activists (I am guilty of this), but it is not good— doing your makeup, playing video games, reading a book, calling a friend these are small everyday forms of self-care.

Myth: Self-care cost: Once again, thank you, Instagram. Self-care in many people's minds are tied to materialistic and monetary ideals, vacations, yoga classes, mental health retreats, ivory Buddha statutes, health coaches.
Truth: Self-care can be free: Self-care can be whatever brings you calm and allows you to focus on you, that can be journaling, talking to friends, drawing, watching TV, sitting in a dark room alone, or painting your nails. 
Self-care if done right, it can have such a significant impact on maintaining mental and physical health and defending against daily stress and anxiety.

Myth: Self-care comes easy: For some people, this is true. Right out of the box, you are going to take care of yourself, but for others, this is going to be hard. You can think of other things to do with that time, money, or resources. However, you have to get past that kind of thinking. You are worth hat time, money, and resources.
Truth: Self-care is a skill: If you have never seen someone take time for themselves, self-care is something you have to learn, and that is okay. The good thing is everyone can learn it, and over time with practice, it becomes easier.
Self-care is: Small daily tasks that help prevent and build resilience to stress, anxiety, and trauma.

Myth:Distraction is self-care: If you are doing something to take your mind off of things going on in your life, that is not self-care.Distraction sometimes is a normal and even healthy response to an event, but prolonged distraction is unhealthy.
Truth: Self-care is health-focused: Self-care is rooted in health in every aspect of your life. That sometimes means self-care sucks but is necessary. Taking a step back from work or that paper to soak in a bath may seem like a waste of time, but I promise in the long run it matters.
You have the control, power, and strength to heal from within.
I hope it has become clear how simple and essential self-care can be. It is can be a hardball sometimes to get going but can be proud in its impact on health. Let me know in the comments what you plan on doing today to take care of yourself? What can you do every day as self-care moving forward?

Self-care is one of the most overstated forms of care, and for good reason. If done right, it can have such a significant impact on maintaining mental and physical health and defending against daily stress and anxiety. Yet, it is one of the most misunderstood skills. I know when I first heard of self-care, I thought of Eat, Pray, Love, and how I was going to fund a trip to Italy to have sex and eat lots of food. However, that is not only unrealistic for many of us; it is also an unstable way to practice self-care.
Self-care if done right, it can have such a significant impact on maintaining mental and physical health and defending against daily stress and anxiety.

Self-care

Self-care is defined as "the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health." by the Oxford dictionary. However, what the directory does not tell you is that self-care is built into the code of ethics by the American Psychological Association because it is proven to help prevent burnout, psychological distress, reduce stress and anxiety, and buffer trauma. Self-care and what is really is, is taught to graduate students in psychology, and now I am telling you (because I love you).

Myths & Truths

Myth: Self-care is elaborate: Instagram would have us believing taking a trip to the beach on the other side of the country is self-care. While it can be, like my statement above, it is unrealistic and not practical. You cannot up and run when you need to care for yourself.
Truth: Self-care is small daily actions: You have to find ways to practice every day, and you have to build up to doing it well. Many times when life gets busy, the first thing we drop are the self-care activists (I am guilty of this), but it is not good— doing your makeup, playing video games, reading a book, calling a friend these are small everyday forms of self-care.

Myth: Self-care cost: Once again, thank you, Instagram. Self-care in many people's minds are tied to materialistic and monetary ideals, vacations, yoga classes, mental health retreats, ivory Buddha statutes, health coaches.
Truth: Self-care can be free: Self-care can be whatever brings you calm and allows you to focus on you, that can be journaling, talking to friends, drawing, watching TV, sitting in a dark room alone, or painting your nails. 
Self-care if done right, it can have such a significant impact on maintaining mental and physical health and defending against daily stress and anxiety.

Myth: Self-care comes easy: For some people, this is true. Right out of the box, you are going to take care of yourself, but for others, this is going to be hard. You can think of other things to do with that time, money, or resources. However, you have to get past that kind of thinking. You are worth hat time, money, and resources.
Truth: Self-care is a skill: If you have never seen someone take time for themselves, self-care is something you have to learn, and that is okay. The good thing is everyone can learn it, and over time with practice, it becomes easier.
Self-care is: Small daily tasks that help prevent and build resilience to stress, anxiety, and trauma.

Myth:Distraction is self-care: If you are doing something to take your mind off of things going on in your life, that is not self-care.Distraction sometimes is a normal and even healthy response to an event, but prolonged distraction is unhealthy.
Truth: Self-care is health-focused: Self-care is rooted in health in every aspect of your life. That sometimes means self-care sucks but is necessary. Taking a step back from work or that paper to soak in a bath may seem like a waste of time, but I promise in the long run it matters.
You have the control, power, and strength to heal from within.
I hope it has become clear how simple and essential self-care can be. It is can be a hardball sometimes to get going but can be proud in its impact on health. Let me know in the comments what you plan on doing today to take care of yourself? What can you do every day as self-care moving forward?

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  1. So so true. I have people from a mental illness post asking how I got off meds and you've answered that right here. I took the time to really look into my situation and become proactive in taking care of myself. Great information right here!

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