Self care is the latest “buzz word” I see and hear it everywhere. Self care is where it’s at. For nurses not so much a new thing. Part of a nurses training is identifying when self care is needed. In my current position as a Hospice Nurse we have actual “self care” days that we can take when our cups runneth over. When we have had as much as we can take or know we are getting to boiling point.
It is a necessary element in our profession of caring for others.
What does self care look like?
It differs for everyone. One common thread though is that it takes action on your part to claim it for yourself. It doesn’t do any good to sit around and complain about physical manifestations brought on by stress. Such as muscle pain and tension, respiratory problems, weight gain, headaches, high blood pressure, skin problems, cancer or hemmorhoids.
I wanted to write about this because lately another buzz word has been coming up for me. GAZEBOS…or PLACEBOS. My son sent me the full scene from the movie “IT” when the kid mispronounces the word placebo and says gazebo instead. His mother had him believing he was ill by feeding him placebos and calling it his medicine. It limited him and his life. The flip side of placebos is the strength ones belief can have on the outcome of a certain situation.
What you believe has a huge impact on your wellness.Which means your entire life. What Gazebos have you been holding onto? What stories have you been telling yourself about yourself that keep you from attaining your weight loss goals or for that matter any goals. Self care is about this. All the massage in the world would not make a bit of difference until you start believing in yourself and that you are worthy of: