Not all self-care is glamorous or insta-worthy. Self-care can simply mean doing your laundry or cleaning the house. It might mean reading a book instead of watching TV, going to a yoga class, or treating yourself to brunch with friends. Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it's a simple concept, it's something we very often overlook.
To kick start our Self Care Sundays series, our first post is inspired by the work of humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, who taught that self-fulfillment is deeply entrenched in the human psyche, but only surfaces once the more basic needs are fulfilled. Once the powerful needs for food, security, love and self-esteem are satisfied, a deep desire for creative expression and self-actualization rises to the surface.
Breath. Food. Drink. Sleep. Sex. Excretion. Homeostasis.
This Self Care Sunday, take care of your basic physiological needs. Buy groceries for the week, prep food so cooking is easier each day, go have a nap.
Remember, the choice of what we use to fuel, and fulfill ourselves, is ultimately our own - but we can look to others for inspiration. Self Care Sundays is an exploration of health practices in our community. Inspire your self-care decisions from the stories around you!