What is self care? Why is it important? How do I do it? Isn’t it selfish to make yourself a priority? What does the Bible say about self care?
These are all questions I’ve wrestled with in my adult life. And there is no one way to answer them all. So let’s start from the top.
What is self care?
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.
Why is it important?
It’s pretty impossible to give your best to others when you haven’t given a moment to yourself. We are commanded to serve our brethren, to help those around us, to serve in our highest capacity. Without making sure you are at your best, you’ll never be fully able to do this. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
How do I do it?
However you want! That’s vague, but seriously. Do what makes you feel good.
You like to run? Get after those miles!
You love to make things with your hands? Hit up Hobby Lobby and craft all day!
Coffee with a girlfriend? Sign me up.
Love fancy nails? Get a manicure ASAP.
Love to laugh? Watch a comedy special.
Alone time? Find a quiet spot and curl up with the word of God.
Is it selfish to make yourself a priority?
NO. Plain and simple, no. You deserve and NEED to be cared for, especially by yourself. Self-care isn’t a selfish act. It is not only about considering our needs; it is conversely knowing what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, subsequently being able to take care of others. That is, if I don’t take enough care of myself, I won’t be in the place to give to my loved ones either. I’ll say it again for the people in the back; you cannot pour anything from an empty cup!
What does the Bible say about self care?
YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH, BUT IF SALT HAS LOST ITS TASTE, HOW SHALL ITS SALTINESS BE RESTORED? IT IS NO LONGER GOOD FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT TO BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED UNDER PEOPLE’S FEET.
Matthew 5 speaks to our need to be restored in our faith and purpose. We are here to be a light to the world around us. We must be fed (in more ways than one) in order to accomplish our purposes.
The Bible talks about physiological needs many times throughout scripture. The feeding of the 5,000 was an amazing miracle where Jesus prioritized the physical needs of His people.
Along Jesus’ journeys it is recorded that he stopped to rest and ensured His followers physical needs were taken care of on many occasions.
Do something for yourself today. Plug into you. It will enrich your life and encourage you in so many ways.
Sarah is a Registered Nurse with specific certifications in mental health, physical fitness, and nutrition. She works at Concord Longevity Medicine, a clinic that teaches patients how to change their lives, reverse chronic health conditions, and improve their overall health through the vehicles of fuel, fasting, fitness, and faith. Through the work in their clinic, they have discovered the importance of self care through the education and support work of the patient population.
She has 3 children with her husband Matt who is a surgeon and the director of Trauma Services at Atrium Cabarrus. The Fox family has been at Hope Academy for 6 years! Their oldest, Reese, is a 5th grader this year and Grayson is in 2nd. Adam will be enrolling in Kindergarten in the fall.