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  • Writer's pictureKatelynn Whitehead

Self Care

The term “self care” has lately become something of a “phrase du jour”. We hear the term discussed around the water cooler, posted on social media and even in media ads. Self care strategies are discussed by influencers on social media, celebrities in interviews, and many brands are now promoted as essential to self care. Sometimes, self care is depicted as splurging on a $10 coffee, implementing diet changes, indulging in a candle lit bubble bath, or purchasing new products that offer relief from stress. While all of these activities can indeed constitute self care, for many it can also seem that adding self care to an already busy routine can feel indulgent, overwhelming, and expensive. If self care is defined as merely a more lush or lavish lifestyle, the true meaning of the phrase will get lost in translation.


While there are many definitions of self care, Oxford dictionary has explained that*/ self care is any practice that takes on an active role in protecting or maintaining one’s own well-being, particularly during periods of stress. So what does this really mean? Essentially self care is any active practice that is geared towards your welfare. Sometimes it can mean grabbing your favorite coffee, but other times it means taking a few deep breaths before walking into that meeting, noticing a beautiful tree during your morning commute, or even throwing out that stack of mail that’s been living on your kitchen counter.


For many, incorporating aspects of mindfulness into an established daily routine works as an accessible way to feel more rejuvenated and mentally healthy. Mindfulness-based practices sometimes include meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, mindful walking, mindful eating, focusing exercises, or reflective journaling.


Whether your self care goals include meal planning, dining out, journaling, scrolling, heading to the gym or just taking the night off: what is key in practice is that participating in any type of self care is that the practice feels rejuvenating and restorative rather than depleting. Whatever self care looks like for you, what is important is that you are taking small steps to take care of your body, mind, and soul.



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Lacretia Dye, Monica Galloway Burke & Cheryl Wolf (2020) Teaching Mindfulness for the Self-Care and Well-Being of Counselors-in-Training, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 15:2, 140-153, DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1642171


Monroe, C., Loresto, F., Horton-Deutsch, S., Kleiner, C., Eron, K., Varney, R., & Grimm, S. (2021).


The value of intentional self-care practices: The effects of mindfulness on improving job satisfaction, teamwork, and workplace environments. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 35(2), 189-194.)

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