CHARLOTTE – What is self-care exactly? I suppose to each of us it represents something different. According to dictionary.com, self-care is defined as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” I like the second definition better, which is “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”
There’s a saying that if we don’t take care of ourselves, how will we have enough energy to take care of others? Growing up, I think we, especially women, are taught that everyone gets to go first. Mom’s see it as an act of love to put everyone else’s needs first, right? Wrong. As we age and as our society evolves, we see that we need to take care of ourselves in order to make our path with others. And that’s okay. It’s not selfish. It’s self-preservation.
Fortunately, I just returned from an amazing trip. Upon returning, although I LOVE my career, I did get a little depressed. Perhaps it’s returning to such an unstable world. Maybe I just needed complete rest and relaxation. Maybe my brain still needs some time to itself. Whatever the reasons, I am more aware that I need this time away. It doesn’t have to be on a whirlwind vacation. Maybe it’s getting up a few minutes earlier in order to have complete quiet time to meditate, pray or just be still. Whatever it is, listen to your body. Listen to your brain. Take time to self-evaluate in order to keep things in your personal and business life fresh.
In the end, making that appointment for massage isn’t selfish. It’s necessary. It can help improve your overall health.
-Lisa Lane (NC License #13098) is a small business owner and practicing massage therapist in Mint Hill. To book, visit www.ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com.