Creating a Life you Love: How Self-Care Leads to Joy
As a coach and wellness practitioner, I have always embraced and promoted the wisdom of self-care, that “self-care is essential” for our lives and living and that “self-care is a very necessary form of self-love,” both as a way of being in my own personal life, as well as in my work with my clients. Unfortunately, with the tendency to focus on particular (i.e., luxury) tools of self-care rather than its deeper purpose, the wisdom and value of self-care can be lost in popular culture. It seems just as self-care made its mainstream debut, it just as quickly suffered a backlash. I believe it is time we reclaim the wisdom of self-care from this backlash with the truth of what self-care is really all about, what self-care really looks like and how practicing a lifestyle of self-care, especially for those who work in service of others, is necessary, essential and can be achieved without the luxury price tag.
Self-care is not just about doing what makes you feel good in a moment. Self-care is not massages, spa-days, walks in the park, a break from work, a break from your partner, an annual vacation, etc. These are potential tools of self-care. Self-care is about something much deeper than all of that. More important than the tools one uses for their self-care is what the act of self-care serves and accomplishes. Once you understand what self-care does, what you need your self-care to do for you