Self Care: for you, for me
Florida Psychological Associates LLC
What is Self-care?
Self-care is an activity where you to take a moment for yourself and your betterment. Whether it is going for a jog, taking prescriptions as prescribed, or getting a haircut.
Self-care is easy to preach from a counseling office but hard to practice after a long day. Yet self-care is not something that just clinicians or people struggling with their mental health, it is for everyone.
Why Does Self-Care Matter?
Practicing self-care is the equivalent of putting your oxygen mask on first before putting another's for them. You cannot help someone else when you are depleted. Self-care is the way a person replenishes all the empathy, effort, and everything else they give to others.
The Greek word for self-care is "philautia" which also means self-love. The Greeks believe that the more you love yourself, the better you can love and care for the people around you. Self-care is not being selfish but being kind to yourself. Studies have shown that people who practice self-care think more positively and have higher self-esteem. Taking time for yourself allows you to remember that your needs are important. When you feel more relaxed and calm, it translates the rest of your life.
How Do I Practice Self-Care?
We should set aside time to self-check our feelings. At first, it is difficult to think of self-care as important. Once you grasp the idea that your mental needs are just as important to care for as your physical needs, self-care will become an integral part of your life.
Below are some of the ways our staff practice self-care.