Caring for the Whole Self
We cannot serve others well when we are struggling in the midst of our own isolation and heartache. Self-care must be done in community. We too must learn to acknowledge our own limitations and seek support when we are struggling.Holistic Ambassadors Mission Statement for Self-Care
Parts of the Whole
There is more to self-care than relaxation and fun activities. It is a fundamental requirement that God has implemented into our make-up. Self-care requires us to attend to our basic needs and seek out enrichment and health.
1) Biological Needs
Sleep, food, and water are all basic needs that we cannot live without. Throughout a hectic schedule and long to-do list, we may be tempted to skip a meal or forget to drink fluids. Big mistake! Without these basics our bodies will stop working effectively. Sometimes the best form of self-care is simply taking care of our physical body.
2) Social Needs
God as Trinity is relational and He created us to also be relational. People need people. While relationships can be very difficult, it is important to have someone with whom you can confide. Who are your safe people?
3) Intellectual Needs
The human mind is a complex system that allows for maintenance of basic biology, creativity, memory storage, and much more. Intelligence is not limited to achieving good grades or having the most information. Intelligence can include emotional intelligence, relational intelligence, mathematical intelligence, etc. Whatever your area of strength, self-care involves putting it to use.
4) Spiritual Needs
We need God. He is the author and creator of all life. Life would not exist without Him. Spending time with God alone or in community is essential to our overall well-being. He provides strength when we are weak and gives good gifts to His children.