In health care, self-care is any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated. Some place self-care on a continuum with health care providers at the opposite end to self-care while others see it in a complex multidimensional construct.
Did we really need a crisis to make us stop and listen to our bodies?
A pandemic has got our attention and has forced us to slow down.
Less has become more. As things like commutes and meetings have left our schedules, we have found space and time to do what matters.
I am eating more vegetables and home-cooked meals.
I am drinking more water.
I am walking more.
I am resting more.
I am sleeping more.
I am being kinder to myself more.
I am being more compassionate to others.
I have set more boundaries.
I am communicating more.
I am asking for help more.
I am alone more.
I am writing more.
I am reflecting more.
I am in nature more.
If COVID-19 is teaching us anything it is teaching us what we should be spending out time doing.
It is making us consider our lifestyle choices, our use of time, energy and resources.
I for one am embracing being at home and my life being simpler, slower and stiller.
Let’s not forget when the storm ends, what we learnt during this time of reflection about how to looks ourselves and each other.