How do you know if you take reasonable care of yourself? Well, odds are if you do take good care of yourself, you don’t often relate to words like, worried, troubled, uneasy, anxious pressured, ill at ease, disturbed, concerned, distressed, restless, nervous, uncomfortable, overwhelmed and panicky. These words all describe various degrees of stress, which is the single greatest health hazard we face today.
Stress takes it emotional toll on us to be sure, but it also is incredibly destructive to our bodies. It causes 95% of the illnesses for which we seek medical care . As hard as it is to believe it’s true. 95% of the illness that we see doctors for is stress induced. While that’s really bad news, it’s also a powerful piece of good news.
What makes it good news? STRESS can be reduced, eliminated, resolved, in other words dealt with. When SELF CARE becomes the center of your healthy life focus you are actively in service of your emotional and physical health. And that is what this website is all about, SELF CARE. What it is and isn’t!! How to get it and keep it! How the experience of SELF CARE empowers your life with a balanced understanding of your needs and the needs of others.
A balanced understanding of your needs vs needs of others allows you to figure out how not to over extend yourself. How to say ‘no’ or ‘sorry, I’m, not available,’ without feeling guilty and and overwhelmed (stressed) with inappropriate responsibility.
At this point you may be wondering what I mean by SELF CARE and what in the world to I mean by SELF CARE POWER? So many people over the years have looked at me as if I stopped speaking English when I launch into the basic of SELF CARE as being a healthy, positive way to live your life, because to them SELF CARE means the same a SELFISH! So let me share with you the difference. SELFISH means that you are depriving someone of that which is rightfully theirs. If we were supposed to share something equally and I took it ALL then I’m being SELFISH or SELF CENTERED. But I ask you, am I being selfish or self centered when I follow the airline’s directions and put the oxygen mask on myself first, then put it on my child? I think not. If I am not at my best and strongest, I cannot protect my child. If I am not at my best, I cannot provide those I care for with my strength, caring and protection, my POWER.