Life Journey, self-love

Self Care: Not Just Another Item on the To-Do List

As I continue my journey of self care through the month of September, I have caught myself on multiple occasions struggling to fit self care into my daily schedule.

Do you ever just forget to take care of yourself?

I know we are all busy. Jumping from one thing to the next, and finding time to take care of ourselves seems nearly impossible. But when we don’t, we find ourselves battered from exhaustion, in a mental fog.

Caring about anything or anyone is beyond difficult.

How can we possibly care for others, when we are ourselves have trouble taking care of our own well-being?

Being in a field where taking care of others is your top priority, it seems ironic and slightly hypocritical that I sit in class each and every day learning how to treat and care for patients as a Physical Therapist. Yet, I can’t even take care of myself.

This was the turning point I needed.

How could I genuinely and honestly care for my patients when I myself am struggling to keep the pieces together on the inside? It just does not add up.

So, I made a change. I decided it was finally time to take care of Becca.

What that meant, I had no idea but I set out on a journey to figure it out.

It was a trial and error process. I tried everything under the sun searching for routines, activities, anything to show myself more appreciation and learn to take care of my body, mind and soul.

I would continuously catch myself in a recurring cycle of falling in and out of a routine of self care.

Even though, I have made progress and discovered a variety of activities and things to take care of myself, I still find myself exhausted and overwhelmed from time to time. The important thing to remember is this is okay.

It is okay to have these feelings, and it is natural to drift away. We are not perfect.

Though, when we catch ourselves feeling overwhelmed and exhausted we need to reel ourselves back in again. That’s when you know its time to focus more of your attention on yourself.

Self care is not a one time deal. It is not a to-do list item we can just check off. It is a continuous task we need to be conscious of.

It takes constant repetition of many habits. Yes, there are many times I still continue to drift away from my self care routine, getting lost in the piles of class work but the important thing is to catch yourself. Recognize your off the path and reel yourself back in.

I know taking care of myself will only help me to better take care of patients in my future career. This is my motivation! What is yours?

Implement self care habits each and every day adding a little bit of love and attention to your body, mind and soul!

49 thoughts on “Self Care: Not Just Another Item on the To-Do List”

  1. It’s so easy to call it a day and neglect taking care of ourselves. Life is busy and messy already. Taking time to do some self care goes a long way. For me is reading a little bit of a book I like, taking a short walk after dinner, or going to a coffee house for a special blend. Treating myself to time and special treats here and there always helps.

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    1. Reading a book is a great way to make time for yourself, relaxing and taking time away from busy life! I love the coffee house idea, that is something I also enjoy but I would have never thought to do that as a form of self care! Thanks for the comment and great idea!

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  2. I think we are all busy and we call can neglect to take care of self first. i think the wellness movement is growing on how to self care in so many ways because mental health is also rising and we need to take care of our mental and physical for optimal health.

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    1. The first step in journey is acceptance and knowing what you need to change, and it seems you made that first step! Now it’s time to make that change! I’m here for you through your journey and I hope you find that balance between loving yourself and loving your family, best wishes!

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  3. I all the time forgetting to take care of myself. Now I’m waiting for our holiday in November and will do everything that I can to have at least one day for myself

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  4. ‘How can we possibly care for others, when we are ourselves have trouble taking care of our own well-being?” That is such a good point! Some people think self-care is selfish when really, you’re thinking of others too! I also like your mention that we shouldn’t feel guilty when we fail. Just get it back together again! Thanks!

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    1. But maybe coming home and relaxing after a crazy morning with the kids is exactly what your body needs, and there is nothing wrong with that!

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    1. It is a skill that takes time and hard work, but don’t forget even the smallest of acts is still a step in the right direction! Keep on trying, I know you’ll make it!

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  5. Loving is yourself is the first step in sharing love to others, because you cannot give what you do not have.

    There is a wise old adage that perhaps you have heard your parents tell you, ‘you can’t give what you do not have.’ This theme truly runs at the center of any ministry. The simple fact is, how can one bring Christ to others if one does not know Christ? Pope Benedict explains why Jesus taught with such effective authority about God, because He was God. The Holy Father goes on to reflect on Moses, “It was only because he spoke with God himself that Moses could bring God’s word to men” (Jesus of Nazareth, pg 265). Moses could give it because he had it.

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    1. I love this scripture you have quoted! It correlates so well with the message! We cannot give to others what we do not have ourselves, and like you said this runs to the core of us all. I hope we can all begin to find love for ourselves, so we can better love those around us!

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  6. Sometimes I have to remind myself of self-care. I get so wrapped up in doing everything else. But I have to remember myself! Reading is usually how I do self-care.

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    1. I’m so glad you found this post then! Wishing you the best on your journey, and I hope you begin to find the self-love you deserve!

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  7. Taking care of yourself iis so important! It makes me think of when you are on a plane and they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else because you are useless to help if you are struggling yourself.

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  8. It is so important to do, but I find it’s usually among the last things on the priority list. Definitely need to make it more of a habit. Thank you.

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    1. It can definitely be a struggle at times, but we just need to find the discipline within ourselves to make it a daily habit in our schedules!

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  9. Self care is very important and is the thing which should always be in priority but its very difficult to do because of busy life schedule.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful article. Loved it.

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  10. As a mom, this is something I need to do. Don’t get me wrong I love being a wife and a mom, but sometimes I need to remind myself to take a breather and have a time for myself so I can fully give what my family deserves from me. 🙂

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