What Is Self-Care, and Why Is It Critical for Your Well-Being?
Several organizations and researchers take a health-oriented approach when defining self-care. The World Health Organization defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.”right up arrow
According to this definition, self-care includes everything related to staying physically healthy — including hygiene, nutrition, and seeking medical care when needed. It’s all the steps an individual can take to manage stressors in his or her life and take care of his or her own health and well-being.
Why Self-Care Is More Important Than Ever
Self-care right now is paramount, and I have forgotten this at times, as I have momentarily forgotten myself. Throughout these past few days, I’ve somehow felt a million emotions at once — outrage, joy, a deep sense of mourning, uncertainty, confusion, apathy, disgust, and hope. Stress has manifested in nightly headaches, in my body feeling more exhausted, in my lack of motivation and constant reminders to unclench my jaw, straighten my back, drink water, and take care of myself.
We all suffer these semptoms but what we should to feel OK ?
8 Tips for Self-Care That will help you
We are constantly engaged. I haven’t been as active on Facebook in the past few years as I have in the past week alone. I have literally thrown my phone across the room, flinging it away from me in disgust at some of the things I’ve seen or heard, completely exhausted from so much content. Your mind and body can only handle so much. Unplug and give it the break you need.
2. Pay Attention to Your Body
Give your physical body the love and care it deserves. Recall simple needs: Eat well, stay hydrated, sleep, shower, and maintain your hygiene habits, make time for deep breathing and movement.
3. Welcome Joy
Allow joy into your home. Let it take its shoes off and get comfortable. Allow it into yourself. Do not make it a stranger during this time. Recall or find things that make you laugh and smile and know that you do not have to grieve in every moment. You are allowed to be happy right now. If happiness comes to you, let it.
4. Say No
You have more power than you think you do. You have the power of choice. If a conversation starts to feel like too much, say no. If the person trying to argue you down on the internet is making you feel like you have to prove your humanity and experiences, say no. Protect your space, protect your mind.
5. Forgive Yourself
Forgiveness is crucial. You are only human, despite those who make you feel anything but. You can only do so much. If you’re not feeling productive or extremely present during this time, it is okay. Don’t feel guilty for not being able to do it all. Allow yourself to feel tired, but do not give up. We are all feeling heavy. It is okay to feel heavy and weighed down.
6. Find Community
We have different ways of relating in our Blackness. Find your community within the larger community to turn to for the kind of support you need that fits your identity and life.
Our ability to create a way out of no way is like a genetic superpower rooted in our skin. It has been done for centuries and we must not lose it. Create in whatever way you feel called to. Embrace music, embrace art, embrace love. Embrace the fact that we are creating a new normal just by existing like this, and that there is something to celebrate in that, too.
8. Remember the Vision
This work will not be done overnight. Over a few months, or even a few years. It will take time. Do not lose sight of the vision. Do not give up on this fight for equality and the right to live.
🌸Self-care is not selfish. ❤️Take care of yourself to have your best looks and mood!