There’s a study in People magazine. They polled Americans in 2020 to get their views on self care. As we can imagine, self care was a big deal for a lot of people in 2020. Apparently, the polls find that majority of people plan on being even more committed to self care in 20201. Such a good idea.
So, what constitutes self care?
Well, I personally feel that we have more ‘bodies’ than just the physical one. The way I see it, we have an emotional aspect, mental aspect, and spiritual aspect. I define emotions as feelings. I see mental as ideas and the conversations we have in our heads – self talk. I see spiritual as how we connect with living things outside of ourselves, be that animals, plants, nature or other people. This also includes how we connect with a higher power – use the name that you are most comfortable with.
So, to me, self care is any act that nourishes these different parts of us. Simply putting some lotion on can be self care if it makes your body, mind, or emotions feel better. Calling someone or mailing a card instead of texting is self care if it makes our spirit or feelings or mind better.
Self care can be simple and affordable. It can be easy acts that we take for granted. I mean, really, when is the last time you applied lotion to your Winter dry arms, legs, feet and hands? I have a confession to make – I’ve only applied hand lotion in many, many weeks.
Looks like I just figured out a simple, accessible, easy act of self care for myself!