A Word On Self-Care...
The reason that WHOLE self care is so important (care that engages our whole selves- body, mind, brain and spirit) is because when we've experienced trauma, and so many of us have, we experience the world with a different nervous system. When we care for others- and so many of us do as parents, healers, coaches, teachers, medical professionals, activist, employees and bosses- we put additional stress and strain on our already compromised systems and without a consistent care practice, we run the risk of not only re-traumatizing ourselves and those around us, we become less effective in the very work we care so deeply about.
How do we practice whole self care? By taking care of ALL the intricate and complicated parts of ourselves and our lives. By checking in with ourselves and asking how does this feel and what do I need right now?
Some question to help you get started....
🖤 CORE NEEDS. Do I feel safe? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I able to take care of myself? Is my environment stable? Am I eating and drinking enough?
🖤 PHYSICAL. What sensations do I notice in my body? What feels tight, tense, relaxed or what parts do I not feel at all? Am I taking time for my health?
🖤 EMOTIONAL. How am I internalizing and processing my experiences? Am I giving myself the time and space to process?
🖤 INTELLECTUAL. What am I stimulating my mind with and how is it affecting me? How am I growing and learning with the world I live in?
🖤 SOCIAL. Who am I spending time with that's energizing me and who is draining me? Do I feel connected with the people around me?
🖤 SPIRITUAL. What am I doing to stay connected to and grow my guiding principals, values and beliefs? What am I doing to be a better me?
🖤 ENVIRONMENTAL. Does my environment feel harmonious? Are there things I can do to make my living space and the world around me more pleasurable?
🖤 OCCUPATIONAL. How is my work filling me up? Am I happy with what I'm contributing and do I feel as though my contribution matters?