Remember when people use to fly all the time. :) One thing they would always tell you at the beginning of the flight is if the oxygen mask drops, put yours on first, and then put your child’s mask on.
Doesn’t it sound like you should do the opposite? Shouldn’t you put your child’s oxygen mask on first and then yours? No, because airlines know that if you are not breathing properly, and your body doesn’t have enough oxygen, you cannot help your child.
Self-care can be the same way. It can be a confusing topic because, as Christians, we are taught to put others’ needs ahead of our own, but the Bible doesn’t tell us to neglect ourselves to meet others’ needs. If you fail to take care of yourself, how can you help take care of others?
The Bible actually says to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Therefore, to love your neighbor, you have to love yourself.
Self-care is not being selfish and vegging on the couch to watch TV or spend a lot of time and money on your physical appearance. It’s about doing things that will help you better yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
The form of self-care we are talking about is not about escape or indulgence; it’s a matter of stewardship. Our bodies are a temple of God.
In a study that we do at C3 Church called Freedom, we talk about spiritual order and the three distinct parts that God created us with Spirit, soul, and body, and we need to take care of all 3.
Here are some ways we can do that! You can check out my challenge on my IG here!
Read your Bible
Write a gratitude list
Observe a sabbath (weekly) - Sermon - Help Me I’m Stressed
Accept that some things are out of your control (How others react to you - and if you don’t like something that is in your control, change it)
Spend one day serving others each week/month
SOUL (Mind, Will, Emotions):
Do a brain dump - Here is a FB Live where I teach how to do one!
Read a book or journal
Unplug from social media by a certain hour of the day
Listen to a positive podcast or sermon
Start a new exercise or yoga class
Get a body scan or check-up to see how you are doing
Get a massage
Eat something healthy
Drink ½ your body weight in water
Get out and get into the sunshine
Self-Care can be simple, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes it requires delayed gratification, self-discipline, and humbling yourself before God to take steps in the right direction.
It’s ok! We all have to start somewhere and self-care isn't just for September! It's a lifestyle mentality. We also think that there is a “one-size fits all,” but it isn’t. What works for me will not work for you, so give yourself time to find out how you want your self-care routine. It may take some time to find a rhythm, but don’t give up!
Just pick one thing off of the list and start today!