MBS Monday: How Can You Take Care of Others…

…if you cannot or do not take care of yourself?

Since Mondays are all about MBS – that is Mind, Body and Spirit – I thought a good place to start would be something that encompasses all three: self care.

This is something that I am notoriously bad at, and likely responsible for exacerbating my own mental health issues. Therapists that I’ve worked with often ask me what I’ve done to take care of myself today?  I find it a question that is hard to answer, because usually my answer is just a shrug. It’s hard for me to answer because I’m never really sure what counts as self care.

The website Psychcentral’s blog post about self care defines it as a deliberate, planned activity that we do in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. I actually found the blog post quite helpful, in a way that suggestions given previously have not done so, and I might well find myself following some of the points suggested, though it might be because I am now in a more ‘ready’ state of mind and spirit in order to actually want to take better care of myself.

So let me ask you all that obvious, but often difficult to answer question: What have you done to take care of yourself today?

About Eirian Houpe

Writer and Teacher. Published works: Eternal Dance (as Linden S Barclay) and articles for Wigston Magna Dog Training Club, and SFX Magazine.
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