The Truth About Self-Care

THE TRUTH ABOUTSELF CARE BLOG CRYSTAL MCLAIN CREATIVE

self-care
/ˌselfˈker/
noun

• The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.
• The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

 

First up, let's talk about self

Physically speaking, you're basically a biological machine, made of interdependent systems that communicate with the brain and the outside world using neurological impulses. Your physical self and health need things like nutritious food, water, air, movement, and rest.

But here's the kicker, you're also a creature with psychological needs.

There's a good chunk of the brain that's in charge of much more than choreographing the mechanics of muscle movements, respiration, and digestion. It's also in charge of the abstract perceptions of the emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual self. What-the-whaaat?

How we see (and take care of) ourselves emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually has a big impact on our physical health. 

I'll say it again.

How we see, and take care of, ourselves emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually has a big impact on our physical health. ...and vise versa.

Now let's talk about the care part of self-care. 

We live in a culture where self-care is synonymous to a trip to the spa for a mani-pedi treatment. And while decadent niceties are a lovely addition to one's wellness routine, self-care isn't necessarily always laced in massage oil or bath time bubbles. In fact, sometimes self-care kinda sucks.

I know that doesn't sound like a very good endorsement for self-care, but stick with me. I've got some explaining to do...

Working as a massage therapist I've encountered lots of folks who show up on the table and want me to "fix" them. They've gotten to a place where they're experiencing chronic pain, tension, or stress. My clients and I refer to this as entering crisis mode. Now, I'm more than happy to provide a therapeutic experience that will get you back in business, but what I'm more interested in is empowering you with a little education and some self-care tools so you don't need "fixing".  I'd rather set you up with the skills so you can BYOB (be your own bodyworker), and just keep up on general maintenance so you can avoid crisis mode.

And that's what self-care is, it's maintenance for your whole self.

But practicing self-care means sacrificing time from other activities (or at the very least, multitasking). It means busting out of your normal routine and doing something new. ...and we all know how much we love leaving our comfort zone...

So, when I say sometimes self-care kinda sucks, what I really mean is, challenging ourselves to do the work and build new habits is hard. But, luckily, not impossible. And it's totally worth it. And the best part is, with a little work self-care can be enjoyable, even if it's not the fluffy kind.

Being an active participant in your wellness is empowering, fulfilling, and simply badass.

And here at CMC, I'll be dishing out all sorts of self-care tips and tricks for your mind, body, and mother-lovin' soul. 

 

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