When we’re stressed, overwhelmed or facing a life changing illness, making self care a priority can be a challenge. Implementing new self-care strategies or adapting existing self-care strategies is not without barriers. You may be holding on to beliefs that self-care is a luxury or reward that you don’t have time to entertain while you are fighting for your life. You may feel overwhelmed by the burden of all the new changes you are already facing and the thought of adding new tasks or expectations to that list sounds unbearable. You may be faced with having to adapt or change the self-care strategies you were previously enjoying. You may feel dis-empowered to support yourself.
Self-care is defined as the activities and practices that we engage in on a regular basis to maintain and enhance our health and well-being. Self Care includes practices that support our Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Physical and Social well-being. Our goal with Wellness Wednesday is to support and encourage self-care. Every Wednesday we will share a self-care strategy. We understand that self-care isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are many ways to self-support and we hope you will find something that connects for you. Learning new strategies can be helpful in our process of identifying our own needs and taking steps to meet them. Find strategies you enjoy as you will be more likely to make them part of your routine.
Be gentle with yourself, you don’t have to tackle everything all at once. New habits take time. Stay focused on the positive aspects of change, celebrate the moments when you take time to support yourself, and let go of criticizing yourself or feeling guilty when you wish you had taken time but didn’t.
We will start next week with strategies for breathing. You can take a look at our growing collection of self support strategies on our website at Emotional & Mental Wellness Resources. If you have any questions or suggestions about the strategies you would like to see on Wellness Wednesday or our website please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.