Category Archives: Nutrition

Self-care is Not Selfish!

Self-care is Not Selfish!

Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance. ~ Jennifer Louden

I’ve found myself having the conversation about self-care with several clients lately. Many of these clients have no problem doing for others, but when I suggest they do something good for themselves, I’m often met with a confused expression or quick dismissal. For many, self-care is a negative thing and a challenge to put time, energy, and resources toward their own emotional, mental, and physical well-being. As the above quote suggests, you cannot do for others if your well is dry.

Self-care begins with taking care of your basic needs including eating, sleeping, bathing, and medical needs.

Self-care also includes activities to help you relax and de-stress. Finally, self-care is maintaining relationships and finding balance between work life and personal life. Failure to attend to these needs could result in exhaustion, illness, and possible hospitalization.

Self-care could be as simple as taking a break in the day to sip your favorite tea, getting a massage, going on a power-walk, to enjoying a weekend getaway.

In terms of relationships and work balance, it may mean setting boundaries. Everyone’s needs for self-care are different, but we all benefit from practicing self-care. Parents especially need to model this behavior for their children. When you do so you will notice you are better able to support others as well as experience more satisfaction and happiness in life.

If you are aware that you have been struggling in this area, working with a counselor can help discover the root of the cause. It may be you are experiencing depression, have poor self-image, or involved in a co-dependent relationship. Survivors of abuse often find it difficult to care for themselves. Self-care is vital to emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

Ann Sheerin MA
Asheerin @ GROWcounseling.com

 

Is Weight Gain Weighing Heavy on Your Marriage?

Is Weight Gain Weighing Heavy on Your Marriage?

Spouse’s undergo a lot of change throughout the developmental stages of their marriage. Weight gain is often a change in one or both partner’s after children are born, demanding jobs, or health issues arise. Research has found that once a major weight disparity exists between partners, conflict often follows. Partners typically fall in love with…

Back to School with ADHD

Back to School with ADHD

For kids with ADHD, heading back to school can be a very stressful time. They are facing new classmates, a different teacher, and a new schedule, and all of this can combine to cause some significant anxiety around school.This often results in outbursts at home and struggles around getting ready in the morning or completing…

Making Your Twenties Count: Part 2

Making Your Twenties Count: Part 2

In the previous blog, we discussed why the 20’s are a critical decade. In this blog, we are going to focus on one of Meg Jay’s key points, which is exploration. Society has said that exploration is one of the most important factors in a person’s 20’s. So what is the difference between what society…

What is the big deal about mindfulness?

What is the big deal about mindfulness?

It’s graced the pages of the Wall Street Journal. It’s taught in classes at Google. It’s even shown up in an episode of Parks and Recreation. But what exactly is mindfulness anyway? And why is it becoming such a big deal? According to one leading psychiatrist, mindfulness is simply the practice of “focusing our awareness.”…

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