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What Does Self-Care Actually Mean? + My Personal Definition

Self-care. We have all heard about it but do we actually know what it means? Merriam-Webster tells us that self-care means to “care for oneself.” While accurate, this doesn’t really tell us much. Oxford Dictionaries does a better job and tells us that self-care is “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

My personal definition of self-care has evolved over the years. I used to think that self-care was getting manicures, pedicures, and massages. I’ve since learned that it can be so much more. Before I share my personal definition however, I think it’s important to share some of my beliefs about self-care in general.

Belief #1 - I believe everyone has a right to define what self-care means for themselves.
If you search for the term “self-care” online you will find tons of articles, definitions, and resources to support your self-care. That said, I think it’s important for each person to reflect on and identify their own definition. Doing this will help you filter the information you find and best connect with the resources that are right for you.

My Word of Intention for 2019

This past weekend, a group of girlfriends and I shared our monthly call.  We've been gathering on the phone once-a-month to connect, share, and pray with each other for almost 20 years (which is bananas when I think about how long its been!).  We've seen each other through so much and it's truly been a blessing to have them in my life.

As I was telling them about the latest happenings from the past month, I noticed that I didn't have any complaints about life.  Outside of a couple of minor personal concerns, there wasn't really anything of note that was "wrong."  I felt like I was in a good place and primarily had feelings of gratitude.  There were some things I talked about wanting -- that I've talked about for awhile -- but even then, noticed the former distress wasn't there.