Lately it seems like the term “self-care” has been coming up everywhere. I’m not going to lie, I always kind of thought it was a fancy term for wanting to be lazy or maybe just being unmotivated, but God has been teaching me so much about this lately! Honestly, the last year of my life has been more stressful than relaxing, and it seems like everywhere I would turn, people would be reminding me to prioritize self-care and to be careful not to burn out. It seems silly that it was so difficult for me to truly understand what people meant, but I came across a video from Christ Stefanick that I think explained self-care so incredibly well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHMa2mkFbZU.
Chris explains that oftentimes we over-spiritualize all our problems, when really what we need in that moment is just a nap and sandwich. That made me laugh, but how true is that? How often do we think something is the end of the world but once we get some sleep or food or exercise, we realize it really wasn’t that big of a deal?
Are you taking time to rest and take care of your basic needs? Recharging your batteries can look so different based on each individual person, but it is so important to figure out what truly ‘revives’ you and take time to do just that. It can be a good workout, reading a book, playing a game, taking time in silence, or hanging out with your best friend or mom. Personally, I find that even 5 minutes of Adoration each morning leaves me motivated and in a much more positive mood. It is fascinating to compare days that I do and don’t go to Adoration because the days go SO differently!
Self-care is so important and should be prioritized. If you don’t care for yourself, you can’t take care of others. My daughter needs a happy mom more than she needs clean dishes. 😊
How are you prioritizing self-care?