Every day we eat, sleep, move, and interact with others. By default then, we are practicing self-care. A human can only survive for approximately 3 weeks without food and roughly 3-7 days without water. So by eating food and drinking liquid with some regularity you are keeping yourself alive.
The World Health Organization defines self-care as:
…the activities individuals, families, and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health.
This is where self-care gets tricky. Donuts for breakfast, burgers & fries for lunch, and ice cream for dinner may keep us from starving to death but will they enhance our health?
Why am I pointing this out? Because too often we reject self-care activities because
when in reality, the simple practice of eating every day is in fact self-care.
To improve our self-care we don’t need to change what we are doing on a daily basis we simply need to improve the quality of what we are already doing.
To start your radical self-care journey, I encourage you to start small. Here are a few simple tweaks you can make in your daily self-care practice:
What small tweak will you make this week?
Originally published at stretchwithgretch.com