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Staying Present During Self-Care

by | Jan 25, 2023

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The word self-care is finding its way into more and more conversations. Even employers are beginning to talk to their employees about utilizing self-care. 

What is self-care exactly? The dictionary defines self-care as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” There are so many forms that self-care can take. Self-care can look like spending time alone, asking for help, setting boundaries, getting a good night sleep, drinking water, doing something creative, listening to music, cuddling a pet, journaling, disconnecting from the internet for a while, joining a support group or attending a therapy session. The list goes on and on.

Over the course of my life I have learned that it is important to remain present during the time dedicated to self-care. For example, one of my self-care activities is getting my hair done. It is relaxing and I always leave feeling beautiful. However, the last time I went I was working on a project while my hair was being done rather than enjoying the time being pampered and cared for. The next day a dear friend of mine pointed out that if I don’t stay present during my time dedicated to self-care then it was like it never happened. My hair may look nice but did I truly relax? 

Whichever activity you choose for your self-care, remember to stay present and fill your cup.

Contributed by Tara Trickler

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