1 the personal and medical care performed by thepatient, usually in collaboration with and afterinstruction by a health care professional. The patient’sneed for assistance and ability to develop a higherlevel of self-care must be evaluated in forming anynursing care plan. Maximal self-care appropriate to the condition and to the patient is often the ultimate goal of nursing care. Occupational therapy services also helprestore, develop, or maintain the skills necessary topermit physically and mentally disabled people toperform the daily living tasks of self-care.
(This is the definition from Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.)
Impaired ability to perform or complete feeding, bathing/hygiene, dressing and grooming, or toiletingactivities for oneself [on a temporary, permanent, or progressing basis] (Specify level of independence using astandardized functional scale). health maintenance, altered; home maintenance management, impaired;
(Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.)
These are morbid definitions. I wanted to highlight them because the lack of self care is detrimental to your health and the choices you make affect people.
I love you and your health! Even if we haven’t met, health is so important! Listen to your needs– it’s not selfish!
What does it mean?
What does it look like to you and for you?
I had the opportunity to take a course a few years ago to breakthrough a place in my life where I felt desperate for knowledge and fun. It was called, The Skinny Dip Society, and the premise of the class was self exploration; a ten week journey discovering food, and what appeals to your body, desires, and asking yourself hard questions. I am ambassador for this course, if you have any questions, would be happy to answer. I learned so many things about coping such as what was I doing verses what I actually wanted.
So fast forward to now. I have taken these tools and use them in the present. If I start getting grouchy and irritable most likely I need to spend some time with the Lord.
However, if I am wanting chips, I need to spend time with people. Quirky but it’s true. Sweets. Sours. Spicy. Other cravings- they represent certain areas where we might be out of our element per say.
Yesterday, I was in my old neighborhood. I stopped by the yoga studio where I have spent a lot of time since moving to NY. They do a lot of beautiful work like Community Acupuncture (thirdroot.org). Acupuncture is a mystery to me, but not to God. I meditated and I had planned on leaving but I stayed for acupuncture and I am so glad I did. I felt so energized and peaceful. I took serious care of myself when I really needed to. Only an hour of my day, and it didn’t take a hit on my budget.
So now I ask you, what does your soul need? What do you need to do for your mind? I think mine would be some left brain activities. What does your body need? Seriously listen. It’s telling you, you might think you don’t have enough time, resources or maybe you think you are loosing your mind but listen. Self care is so important. If you live in NY, unplug! Just for an hour. I saw a guy riding a bike, looking at his phone and I didn’t want him to miss the moment! Stop missing the moments by being on your phone! The world is always communicating. If you are waiting for the next song idea- it’s right there. Book, movie, entertainment app, its right there. If you need a person to say hello to, they are right there. It’s not going to be perfect but be bold, speak, they seriously could be the person you need to meet!