March is National’s Women’s Month so I started thinking about what types of things I have to say about women or to women specifically. Self care is one of the subjects that I have heard over and over during the pandemic, because so many people have experienced a surge in stress and anxiety as a result of the last year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a survey of adults in the U.S. 11% of adults surveyed in 2019 reported symptoms of anxiety or depression compared to a range from 28.2-37.2% in 2020-21.
This is a huge jump in cases which makes sense given what we have all been going through. So let’s talk about this. What does self-care look like and is it ok to prioritize self-care without the guilt?
I searched for the definition for self-care and saw a lot of ways that people describe what self-care is. Oxford English Dictionary’s definition was my favorite. It says that self-care is the “practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress”.
There have been so many things that I haven’t been able to control over the last year, but I like that self-care focuses on some of the daily habits that we do have control over in our own lives. Stress is a given that ebbs in and out of our lives at different times and shows up in different ways. Self-care sees stress and asks the question: How can I take an active role in protecting my own well-being and happiness?
I have come up with a list of things that are absolutely vital in creating the healthiest and happiest version of myself. I will give you the list and then will be breaking down the list into some individual posts so I don’t bog you down with too much info at once.
My list to create a healthy, happy me:
Moving my body
Eating nourishing foods and drinking enough water
Getting enough quality sleep
Seeing a therapist
Prioritizing seeing family and friends
Connecting with a community or faith-based organization
Alone time/hobbies/whatever makes you feel alive
This is my list, but I think that self-care can mean so many things to so many people. Everyone is different with their own diverse experiences. Sometimes we want or need different things depending on the circumstances or the season of life we are in.
Right now I am focusing on building self-care habits that are sustainable. It’s not just a “self-care kick” that I’m on right now, but I’m trying to establish lifestyle habits that will last for a lifetime.
My next post will cover the first subject of moving our bodies. I will share what has and hasn’t worked for me and give you my favorite resources.
COMMENT BELOW: WHAT IS ON YOUR SELF-CARE LIST? WHAT HELPS YOU TO FEEL HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER?