by Donna Durham April 03, 2018 4 Comments

Today I will start a new series on self-care. Something that we don't always remember to focus on when we get busy or when life gets hard. Over the next few weeks, I will be guiding you through different techniques on self-care in your own life. 

The Importance of Self-Care

Over a cup of coffee, a new friend of mine began telling me about some concerning physical symptoms she was experiencing. I knew she was a very busy woman, so I asked her what kind of self-care she did.

She shook her head. “I don’t do any. I don’t believe in it!”

“Oh?” I said, “why not?”

“Because… you just do life, and everyone’s life is hard.”

Her mindset is common to many: Because life is hard for everyone, it isn’t ok to take a break and care for myself and my own needs. So many people have a harder life than I do, so shouldn’t have the right to care for myself, even when I need it.

The truth is, self-care is something we ALL need. While some seasons of life may require more self-care than others, the idea of consistently paying attention to our inner life and our physical body is a really important part of living a healthy life.


So what is self-care?


I like this definition:

Taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.

Before we go any further, ask yourself this question:

What is my attitude towards self-care?

I’d guess your answers span the range from I don’t believe in it… to ...It is a daily part of my living.

I encourage you to think of 3 or 4 things that help you feel better when life gets stressful or difficult. Allow yourself to consider what you need.

Self-care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent overload burnout
  • Reduces the negative effects of stress
  • Helps refocus

 

Thanks for reading this first post in our self-care series. I’ll be building on these ideas over the next few weeks. Understanding your individual needs is an important part of living a self-compassionate life.


Until next time...


Be Comforted,

Donna Durham, MMFT

Owner & Co-Founder

Weighting Comforts

Donna Durham
Donna Durham


4 Responses

Stephanie
Stephanie

April 20, 2018

This got me to thinking: ’what DO I do for self care? Then I remembered, I just bought myself a weighted blanket! ’

Laurel Klaassen
Laurel Klaassen

April 03, 2018

I’m looking forward to this series Donna! I think women look at self-care as being selfish, which is totally wrong. When we take care of ourselves, we feel so much better and are more effective of taking care of others.

Jae
Jae

April 03, 2018

Self care is important because it encourages those in your care to feel all is not lost when you show them you care about yourself.

BLS
BLS

April 03, 2018

Thank-you Donna, Informative, and Important for ALL of us., in so many ways. 🐝

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