There are four main facets of self-care: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. Being incarnate spirits who live in relation to others and to their ultimate end, God, we must care for every single facet of self-care. Neglecting even one of these will have repercussions on the rest in some way.
Today, we turn our attention to our body, that vehicle God chose for our spiritual soul to inhabit, without which our very existence would be incomplete.
Caring for our body means responding to each of its needs: eat, sleep, exercise, breathe, etc. This facet of self-care is to the other facets what humility is to all other virtues. It is the sine qua non of good health. Neglect any of the body’s needs for a significant amount of time, and your body begins to deteriorate. Circumstances may often require us to be patient and put our needs on the back burner for a while, but as long as we strive to meet them as regularly as possible we will naturally continue to thrive.
My professional recommendation to care for your body is to eat healthy, sleep 7 to 9 hours per night, exercise a few times per week and, of course, breathe. Irregular breathing is sometimes a sign of anxiety or other mental health issue going on, and it puts a stress on our body.
So before you try to tackle any mental health issue or other, make sure you check in with yourself to see if you’re caring for your body as you should. Symptoms of depression or anxiety can be caused by poor physical self-care.
Be a light to your world today!