Real self-care takes humility, discipline, and patience. Self-care requires us to recognize our limitations and our innate dignity in the way we treat ourselves. This means ensuring that our needs are met, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
Self-care is an important practice for everyone to maintain their mental and physical health. If you experience a mental disorder or other chronic illness, self-care is especially important to maintaining well-being.
Self-care doesn't look the same for everyone. If you're a workaholic or a busy-body, you might need to learn to rest, relax, and treat yourself. If you struggle to get motivated, you may need to improve your self-care by exercising or easing yourself into work. But the goal is essentially the same: to treat yourself with kindness and dignity and to glorify the Lord in all you do. Similar to the rules of religious life, this requires work, prayer, and recreation.
Sleep hygiene is vital to both physical and mental health, and lack of sleep can cause serious problems. For more information, click here.
Silent meditation, spiritual reading, journalling, walking in nature, praying with music-- whatever personal prayer time looks like for you, make time for it. Even if its' only 5 minutes per day-- consistent prayer is better than extravagant prayer.
You don't necessarily have to be a complete health-nut, but it would sure help to eat your vegetables and try a healthy smoothie for breakfast.
Spend time with the people you love. If you feel you don't have community, find one.
Spend time doing what you love-- reading, hiking, playing sports, making music, etc.
One important part of self-care is engaging in healthy leisure. Check out our interview with a Catholic recreational therapist to find out more about her job as a mental health professional, her faith, and engaging in healthy leisure!
"I have suffered from intrusive thoughts my entire life. As a child, I would curl up in a ball and rock myself back and forth, praying for God to take away the "scary" thoughts, but they persisted. I thought I was haunted or being punished by God for not being good enough."
"In the throes of anxiety, she was the one I called on for help, though at the time I had no idea just how much she could relate to my struggles."
Licensed counsellor Julia Marie Hogan addresses the topic of self-care from a Catholic perspective. Is self-care selfish? Is it in-line with the Catholic pursuit of virtue and selflessness? How can self-care help you in your spiritual life? Julia Marie Hogan provides the answers from a Catholic point of view.
Hallow is an app for iPhone and Android that provides guided Catholic meditative prayer.
The Temperament God Gave You introduces you to the four temperaments and helps you come to a greater knowledge of yourself and others by appreciating the natural gifts with which God has endowed every person.
Researcher Brené Brown specializes in courage, shame, and vulnerability. In this life-changing yet entertaining talk, Dr. Brown discusses the universal experience of shame and how we handle it.
Written by renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow will help you change your mindset around work, leisure, and life balance.
Pietra Fitness provides online and in-person integrated physical and spiritual exercise.