It seems that the term “self-care” is a really hot topic these days and has been for a while now. It can mean so many things to different people though. It’s interesting to me, though that mostly women stress the importance of self-care … probably because men have never had a problem taking care of themselves. But that is a blog for another day.
For me, self-care is so much more than long bubble baths and facials. Those things are nice, but self-care has to be about taking care of your entire self. Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Keeping in mind that when we take care of ourselves, we are in a much better position to help others.
Here are some activities that are part of my regular self-care routine:
Exercise regularly – I run at least three days a week, strength train and do yoga once a week.
Eat a healthy diet – I’m a recent vegetarian and because of the pandemic I am cooking all my meals at home.
Proper skin care – Black may not crack, but it still needs to stay clean and moisturized. I cleanse my skin daily and follow up with a toner, vitamin C serum, eye cream and moisturizer.
Proper oral health – I visit the dentist twice a year as well as brush, floss and rinse twice a day. I’m also incorporating the use of a Water-Pik on a (semi) daily basis.
Regular doctor appointments – I see my doctor every year for a physical without fail.
Proper mental health – checking in with myself regularly and seeing a therapist when necessary. I’ve mentioned here that I started seeing a therapist in September 2019 and concluded our appointments in July 2020.
Taking time for myself to read, crochet, watch a movie, blast music and dance around my living room or simply to do nothing at all.
Attend church services weekly to fellowship with other believers as well as read the Bible and pray daily.
Pre-pandemic I was scheduling a solo birthday trip each year to celebrate. Hopefully, I can get back to that in 2021.
So many things qualify as self-care. I was taking care of myself long before it became trendy to do so. I was never the woman who had to be convinced to put herself first – in that regard, I was probably a little selfish because my motive was all about ME.
As I journey to 56, I understand that taking care of myself is important and there is a difference between self-care and being selfish.