The idea of self-care has been popping into my mind from time to time over the past few weeks. Specifically, I have found myself realizing that in order to expand, one must first have all of one’s basic needs (whatever they may look like) met. And where those needs have yet to be met, one must practice a form of self-care to get those needs met.
In this context, self-care might mean, trusting that when we feel fatigued, we rest. It might mean that when we feel that something isn’t “right” we trust that inner voice and take the necessary steps to follow its lead. Self-care could also mean practicing honest vulnerability by connecting with others and sharing what is true for you in a given moment in time.
Whatever form “self-care” might take, ultimately it is an action that requires we take responsibility for ourselves and our lives. In such a state, growth is possible because is reinforces the notion that any action of self-care – whatever it looks like – is based upon an underlying trust in one’s ability to “handle” whatever life throws their way. Self-care is in its basest form, an act of self-preservation. This preservation of the organism that you are, is required in order to do all the wonderful, magnificent things you have dreamed of for your life.