The words “self-care” might make you think of a bunch of fun relaxation techniques you can use to escape from your busy day. It is true that we need to take time off from our regular routines to avoid burnout and recharge, but self-care is so much more than just relaxing in bed.
Self-care comes in many flavors. It is NOT exclusively about massages, pedicures and bubble baths (although …).
Self-care is about showing yourself how much you value yourself, how much you love yourself.
It’s about loving your Body and taking care of her,
about valuing and expressing your Emotions,
about respecting the thoughts and ideas of your gorgeous Mind,
about taking time for your Spirit to connect with the Divine all around.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is the act of engaging in different activities to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health that can add to your well-being. It’s a simple concept but one that often gets ignored.
Self-care means taking the time to take deliberate and voluntary actions to help you improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is a practice of nurturing and caring for yourself in ways that promote overall health and reduce stress.
These are intentional actions you take every day to fulfill an area of need in your life. Self-care is done deliberately and is not a luxury but a way of life.
Self-care can involve a wide range of activities, such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, reading a book, spending time outdoors, practicing mindfulness, seeking social support, engaging in hobbies or creative pursuits, praying or catching lunch with a friend, and setting boundaries to protect your time and energy.
The goal of self-care is to enhance your sense of self-worth, reduce the risk of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and help you lead a more fulfilling life.
Why Is Self-Care Essential?
If you often feel physically, emotionally, and mentally drained, the chances are it is because you are neglecting an area of self-care that is trying to grab your attention. It’s time that you give it a thought! Without self-care, prolonged and chronic stress and physical, mental, and emotional fatigue are imminent. And when we get to this point, not only is our health at risk, but we also become easily frustrated and overwhelmed, and the simplest of tasks seem difficult to achieve, hence making us unproductive.
That’s why it makes sense to know the different forms of self-care, so you’re able to recognize the areas that lack and need a little bit more engagement.
Self-care is a non-negotiable habit because...
● The more you rest and take care of yourself, the more nourished you feel, so you can keep showing up as the healthiest version of yourself.
● Self-care also allows you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so you can properly take care of your mental health and well-being.
● It’s also important to remember that self-care looks different to everyone. It’s about what works for you and what makes you feel good.
Some of the advantages of practicing self-care are...
Improved physical health: Engaging in regular exercise, eating healthy meals, and getting enough sleep can improve physical health and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.
Enhanced emotional well-being: Self-care activities such as practicing mindfulness, meditation, and journaling can help individuals manage stress, anxiety, and depression and improve overall emotional well-being.
Increased energy: Taking time to recharge and engage in self-care can lead to increased productivity and creativity, as individuals feel more focused and energized.
Better relationships: When individuals prioritize their own well-being, they tend to have better relationships with others. They are more patient, empathetic, and able to communicate effectively.
Improved self-esteem: Practicing self-care can improve self-esteem and self-worth, as individuals learn to value themselves and their needs.
Reduced stress: Engaging in self-care can help manage stress and prevent burnout as well as improve job satisfaction, as individuals feel more balanced and fulfilled in their personal and professional lives.
Overall, self-care is crucial for maintaining physical, emotional, and mental well-being, and can lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
It may not be easy for everyone to develop a self-care plan. So, if you are finding it difficult to manage or work out a routine, next week I’ll share some ideas on the eight areas of self-care and how you can practice.
You can also purchase my brand new Goddess Self-Care Oracle Deck… And pick a card daily to get inspiration! It’s now on pre-sale at an early bird price!
In this deck, Eight fundamental Greek Goddesses whose archetypes inhabit your psyche and guide your life are our guides to visit all areas of Self-Care.
With Gaia, we focus on your glorious body, on physical health and well-being.
With Persephone, we focus on social self-care and boundaries, on making sure we respect ourselves when in relationships with others.
With Aphrodite, we focus on sensuality and beauty, on hygiene and physical enjoyment.
With Demeter we focus on unleashing our creative nature and feeling the power of creating daily in our lives.
With Hestia, we focus on turning inwards, on renewing the connection with our sacred fire and on taking good care of our homes.
With Artemis, we focus on our allowing our emotions to be expressed and on connecting with the wildest part of ourselves.
With Athena, we focus on expressing our truth, on taking care of our authentic voice and imagination.
With Hera, we focus on our relationships, on turning outwards and finding joy and comfort in connecting with the people in our lives.
Find out more about that here: https://isayabelle.com/goddess-self-care-oracle-sp
Use the Goddess Self-Care Oracle Deck to:
- Find inspiration and motivation for self-care practices
- Discover new ways to prioritize your well-being
- Overcome negative self-talk and limiting beliefs
- Cultivate self-love and self-acceptance
- Create a more fulfilling and balanced life
With the Goddess Self-Care Oracle Deck, you’ll have a powerful tool for self-discovery and well-being at your fingertips. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to self-care, this deck is the perfect way to start or enhance your self-care journey. Order now and start prioritizing your well-being today!
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