Hello there! A few weeks ago I was thinking about the New Year and going through all the things people think about when pondering New Years stuff. The topic of self-care popped into my mind and I realized, hey! That’s a topic we haven’t discussed on B.Well yet! It’s worth considering, especially since most sources come at self-care from a twisted, self-adoring perspective. We’re not going to do that here, obviously. So sit back, relax, and enjoy reading about self-care with a Christian perspective.
Self Care and a Moral Myth
First of all, let’s get the moral myth off the table to give us some room to think positively about self-care. I’ll be honest with you and say that those two words actually do make me cringe a bit. It makes me think of selfishness, self-adoration, even self-worship. Thanks to the world, we shy away from self-care for one reason: we think it is sinful.
Instead of being open to it, we immediately shut off because we feel guilty! But we should never feel guilty for times when we’re weak in our spirit, emotions, and thoughts. Notice I didn’t say bodies. Somehow, we make room for physical pain. But do you know what? Some cases of chronic pain can even stem from a lack of tending to the other three things. If looked at as a whole, we find spiritual, emotional, mental and physical are all bound up together to make up our human nature. So ALL of them need our care.
I have no Time for It
The other reason why we ignore self-care is that it’s not a priority. We never lined it up on our list of to-dos. Just so you know, time is actually something I struggle with on a daily basis. As soon as I get in zone my internal clock turns off and the world becomes a blur. So for the slackers out there, I get you. For others, time is always of the essence. But, in some way or other, we all struggle to make everything fit in our day.
Here’s the catch, though. If we want to stay on top of our game with everything that’s important, we need to be as strong as possible in the four aspects of our human nature. Otherwise, we begin to drag and limp along.
Christ’ Exemplifies the Need for Self Care
Self-care should always, always be done with the help of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. We can actually take some notes from Him. Many times we read of Jesus leaving His disciples to go and commune alone with His Father. We know He was just as human as you and I, so why do we think we’re stronger than Jesus?
He also let a woman pour costly oil over His feet. Why? To prepare His body for burial. He knew exactly what was ahead for Him. The darkness that was pressing in must have been unbearable at that time. In my studies, I’ve read that the oil in this passage was a mixture of essential oils (and a lot of them too!!!). This explains why the whole house was filled with the perfume!
But back to self-care, Jesus knew that His body needed emotional, mental, spiritual and physical support. He accepted the gift bestowed by the caring hands of the nurturing woman. We should take time to sit down and accept His gift of rejuvenation, too.
Ways to Care for Ourselves
So how do you “do”self-care? Great question! I have no idea!
Kidding! 😉 Just making sure you’re awake, haha! Here are some achievable ideas to implement into your life:
- During Bible Study: What better place to start than with the scriptures. After taking time to focus on the Lord, look at yourself and scope around inside to see the worn out spots that need attention. This time can be used to cover all four aspects of our nature. The Lord cares about everything that we are and wants to help us release everything that is harmful.
- Listening to a Podcast: It doesn’t have to be Christian, but it should be positive. The goal is to fill your thoughts with good things. Bonus – Listening to Podcasts can be done while doing other tasks!
- Exercising: It could be as easy as taking a short, slow walk, or doing a crazy-fun workout! The goal is the movement which keeps the mind and body coordination strong. Taking a walk allows for deep mental thought, prayer and praise. We all know how important detoxing is, right? Anything faster, fun and more challenging than a walk is great for detoxing the whole body of negativity.
- Essential Oils: You knew this was coming, and for good reason, too! Following Jesus’ example, we see that essential oils have a great value on supporting every aspect of life. They support our emotions, thought patterns, spirits, and bodies. If you want to up your self-care by 10 in a simple way, I highly recommend you use Essential Oils.
- Hot Bath: Need I say more? Unless you hate baths that is… Taking a good long soak in a lavender essential oil-infused Epsom salt bath is probably the most relaxing thing I do. Depending on how hot the water is, you can get a really good sweat detox out of a bath too! Just don’t make it too hot, and get a good book to read to keep your mind engaged.
It Doesn’t Stop with You
The wonderful thing about taking care of ourselves is it inevitably blesses others. We’re not advocating for pampering here. We’re inviting you to take a new look at something the world blows out of proportion. It’s simple, if your cup is always being refilled, you will also be able to give more of yourself. Use self-care for God’s glory and bless others with your bright, honest spirit.
Do negative or positive thoughts come to mind when you think of Self-care?
How do you practice Self-care?
How did this post inspire you?
Happily, Jessica B.
P.S. There’s definitely room to expand on the achievable ideas list above, so a future post will be in the works. Stay tuned!
By the Way...
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