Few weeks ago, I got an invitation from the Maryland Workforce Association to submit a proposal to speak in an event called (Raising The Bar) concerning some top issues affecting the productivity and wellness of the workforce professionals. And Holistic Self-Care was one of the topics on the top list. The Issue of Holistic self care is often neglected because most people think is unattainable. We know that self care is important for our overall well being, yet we pay little or no attention to it. And the reason is not because we don’t want it, but because we haven’t found an effective way to practice Holistic self care. In this blog, I just want to share some simple secrets that can help us practice Holistic self care effectively, so we can reap the benefits of it.
We have to understand that lack of self care can cause a lot of damages both in our personal and professional lives. Problems like; Psychological insecurity, lack of trust, low self esteem, anxiety, poor communications, toxic relationships, poor leadership and management and so on.. Can increase where proper self care is lacking.
The first thing in practicing effective Holistic self care is to believe that it is possible, practicable and you can master it. But then you need to understand that Holistic self care is not just about the physical aspect of you. Visiting the spa, eating healthy, exercising, taking a warm bath with salt water, going outside to receive sunlight and so on.. are great practice, but Holistic self care goes way beyond that. Self care is not scientific, it is a natural practice that enhances the significance of human nature. This means that self care starts from within before it could be manifested without. And to take care of yourself within, you have to know yourself — Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body.
Holistic Self-care starts with self realization, because you can’t truly care for what you don’t know yet. And in your journey of self realization, these four things will help you achieve it; AWARENESS (inner Awakening), INTENTIONALITY, EMPATHY, and GRATITUDE. You can’t discover certain version of yourself without these four things. These four words are broader than you think, am not going to dive deeper into them now, but I might do that on my next blog so watch out for it. I just need you to take note of the four things, because without these four things your journey into self realization and discovery will be futile. The next stage after self realization is; you have to know your spirit, and you have to know how to take care of your spirit. It is important to note that we are spirits, that have a soul and lives in a body. So if you develop a self care plan that targets only your soul and body without your spirit, you still wouldn’t find true peace. Because holistic self care consists of the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Physical, Social, and Lifestyle in general. I believe this is a very important point to note, you can’t be able to know and care for your spirit, without connecting to your source or to the power that created you. And by that I mean GOD. I am a Christian, although am not here to preach religion, but I believe in God and in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Before I go further, I want to register this six points in our hearts;
- The practice of self care begins with your mind, this means you must learn to observe and control your thoughts.
- To practice holistic self care effectively, you must connect to your source or to the power that created you.
- You must understand the truth that you are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body, so you have to know your spirit.
- You can’t practice self care without self love.
- Self care is not an activity, there are values and high energy emotions that help in practicing it effectively.
- You can not enjoy the full benefit of self care when it’s not extended to others, because you are one with all humanity.
I remember towards the end of 2020, I encountered a devastating situation that badly affected me, spiritually, Emotionally, psychologically, and physically. I struggled for months, Until God’s grace introduced me deeper into these three things; FORGIVENESS, EMPATHY and GRATITUDE , I call it “FEG”. As I began to focus intentionally on these three things, I began to heal, the farther I go, the more I gain wholeness. I decided to not just focus on them, but live them and become them. And everything changed, not just healing and wholeness, but more doors of opportunities to serve and impact lives began to open.
The issue of self care is very important, you wouldn’t know what you are missing in your life, until you begin practicing it effectively and make it a lifestyle. I just shared two major things today; self realization and knowing your spirit. Find the best way to get to know your spirit, it can be through meditation, worship, quiet time, reflection etc.. just find the way that works best for you. Next week I will share more on the Emotional, Psychological and Social aspect of self care, so you need to subscribe now so you get notifications once we publish. You can also share this blog to help and encourage someone out there. Thank You.
I will close on this note; during the ordeal I experienced towards the end of last year, One of the three things that I focused on which I mentioned before on this blog was “forgiveness” and it helped me greatly. But I came across a passage from “A Course In Miracles” by Helen Schucman on forgiveness that changed my life, and I thought I should share it here with you.
“Do you want peace? forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world”?
“Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that can never be hurt, a deep abiding comfort and a rest so perfect it can never be upset? All this forgiveness offers you”.
Please just read those passage again and again till it sink, that is the definition of Holistic Self Care. STAY TUNED, I WILL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU.
Thank you for shedding light on this powerful topic: Holistic self care. This topic reiterate the fact that we need to pay close attention to our spirit, soul and body now more than ever before.
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