Self-care is vital for management of daily stressors and challenges, as well as overall health and wellness. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and (that your body) may keep well, even as (I know) your soul keeps well and prospers (3 John 1:2, AMP)”. Many of us tend to have numerous responsibilities that demand our time and attention, with little to no time remaining for us to revitalize ourselves. After a while, lack of self-care can take a toll, often resulting in things such as sickness, burnout, poor performance and irritability.
Self-care is not about selfishness or overindulgence, but having a sensible amount of replenishment to recharge ourselves. Being good to ourselves will enhance the likelihood of living to our fullest potential. As we live in wholeness and wellness, we are more equipped to meet the demands of the day and to serve others.
Like many people living in today’s society, my “busy-ness” tends to hinder my self-care at times, especially when it comes to my devotional time. I’ve had to be more intentional of reserving my alone time with God. I have a “go to” scripture for self-care. It is Matthew 11:28, AMP: “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburden, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls)”. I am reminded to slow down, embrace His peace and emerge myself in Him for rejuvenation.
Self care does not have to be grand and expensive, but doable and meaningful to you. Ask yourself, “What brings joy to my heart and revitalizes my soul?”
Potential Options for Self-care:
Engage in exercise that is fun and motivational. Stretch at your desk. Take your allotted breaks at work. Keep doctor’s appointment(s) and take meds as prescribed. Get massages, haircuts, manicures/pedicures. Put on makeup. Wear shoes and clothing that are comfortable, in good repair, and appropriate. A nap/adequate sleep may be very refreshing. Attempt to have good nutrition. Drink a moderate amount of water each day. Take a walk. Embrace nature. See the beauty of God in your environment.
Think positively. Engage in healthy activities that promote healthy critical thinking- crossword puzzles, attending conferences, seek counseling as needed. Journal. Share thoughts and feelings. Have a good cry. Laugh. Listen to great music. Read. Engage in the arts, especially art that allows for self-expression. Do something for the kid in you (color, cartoons, eat your favorite cereal you enjoyed having during your childhood). Remove clutter. Buy your favorite flowers. Have alone time. Set healthy boundaries. Give yourself permission to say no.
Pray. Read scriptures. Meditate on God’s word. Fast. Embrace silence. Tithe. Worship. Praise. Attend small groups. Light a candle. Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-18).
Spend quality time with family and friends. View photo albums and reminisce. Try something new. Reach out to someone outside of your social circle. Don’t take negative comments from others personally. Greet people with a genuine smile a simple hello. Remember when we do it to the least of these, we are doing it unto Him.
Peace and blessings. May you have a beautiful journey of self-care.
by: Yohunnah Woods-Moton
Resources for Self-Care:
The Soul Care Bible /New King James version, forwarded by Tim Clinton
Everyday Life Bible/ Amplified version featuring Joyce Meyers
Overcoming Compassion Fatigue by Martha Teater and John Ludgate