Keeping Your Cup Filled: The Value of Self-Care
Am I the only woman who has a hard time doing something, anything for herself? I have no issue exhausting my last bit of energy for someone else, and I won’t hesitate to give my last dime to someone else, yet I can barely find time to eat a meal or get a restful amount of sleep at night. Why is that? What is that? That is called self-neglect, and that is an unhealthy pattern of behavior we as women must break.
Self-care is both necessary and completely okay. In the book of Genesis we see that God created the Earth in six days and on the seventh day, he rested. Do you really think God needed to rest? Absolutely not; He’s God after all. Rather, perhaps He was giving us a biblical model to follow. Biblically, the number seven represents completion. God had finished his work and He rested because His work was complete. It seems logical that we too should follow a similar pattern. Once we’ve completed our tasks, we too need to give ourselves the time and the room to rest in God.
But how can we really find time to rest and does it really matter? We live in a society that glamorizes being perpetually busy. Phrases like, ‘Grind til I die’ and ‘I can sleep when I’m dead’ have turned into mottos to live by. Yet, it is God’s design for us to walk in peace. The Bible says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This means not only does God want us to experience peace and rest, but it is also something that is attainable. When we choose to give our burdens to God and prioritize self-care, we can experience the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Not only that, but we can also improve our overall health and the health of our relationships.
Self-Care Can Improve Your Health
There are a host of self-care activities that can promote good physical and mental health. Sometimes we think self-care has to be some grand act like a trip to the spa or a weekend getaway. While those certainly qualify as self-care activities, it doesn’t have to be that deep in order for it to be effective. There are small things you can do that require minimal efforts/financial investment that will help you feel, look, and be healthy. Some examples include: