Self-care goes beyond the occasional mani-pedi or massage. While these are great examples of taking time for yourself, in order to reap the substantial benefits of self-care, you must make a consistent commitment and expand your outline of caring for yourself to nourish all levels of your being.
First, let’s define what self-care means. Self-care is activity that nurtures and refuels you at a deep level. Just as Joshua’s concept of primary and secondary foods expands our understanding of nutrition, the definition for self-care is multifaceted. Each of us has many sides that make us whole:
• Physical body
• Emotional and mental state
• Spiritual beliefs
• Relationship to self
• Relationship to others
These areas offer unique spaces for care and attention.