Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wellness Wednesday: {Self Care Part 1}

Welcome back to "Wellness Wednesday", a midweek look at one aspect of our health and wellness in life. Remember that I'm using the Wheel of Wellness to help visualize health in life:

If you need a little refresher, click here. We are currently in the middle of Life Task 2: Self Direction, and today we will moving on to another subtask, Self Care. This is an excellent time of the year to be focusing on self care, as any time holidays or family gatherings hit, it's easy to give up our self care activities. 

Of course "self care" can include more things then we actually think. Myers & Sweeney define this subtask the following way:

Not abusing substances, using seat belts, getting adequate sleep, obtaining preventive medical and dental care.

How many of you, while sitting in the dentist's chair, think "I'm engaging in self care right now!" Hm. Probably not. 

Before I get started on discussing some different aspects of this subtask of wellness, I thought I'd share some links to previous posts I've done on self-care (just to get you thinking!).
10 Ideas To Refill Yourself
Loving Myself, Loving Others
Boundaries & Burnout
Boundaries & Burunout {Part 2}

When we don't take care of ourselves, we run the risk of burning out. That's why I think a discussion on boundaries & burnout is crucial in understanding why self care is so crucial. Make sure to check out some of the above posts, and I'll be back next week with a continuing discussion on self care!

Now it's your turn:
Have you ever been close to burning out? How do you view self care?

1 comment:

  1. What wonderful reminders. I am grateful you popped by #commenthour so I could catch up with you. And hey, I don't tend to think of dental care as self care... you opened my eyes!