5 things about Self-Care you probably don’t really think about

Did you know that July 24 is International Self-Care Day (ISD)? It provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programmes around the world.

The International Self-Care Day, 24 July, symbolises that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In other words, the benefits of self-care are life-long and do not just relate to a single day.

Majesty (Delirious)

Developed by the International Self-Care Foundation, ISD has been running since 2011 and promotes self-care as a vital foundation of health.

Having my moment

When I looked at the manifesto for self-care published by the International Self-Care Foundation, there are 5 phrases that jumped out at me.

  1. Self-care can only be undertaken by individuals themselves
  2. Self-care is a normal part of everyday life in which everyone engages, consciously or unconsciously
  3. Self-care is both a set of activities and a repetitive cycle of behaviour
  4. The primary beneficiary of self-care is the self-carer, but other beneficiaries include family members and overstretched healthcare systems
  5. Self-care is equally important in developed countries and in resource-poor settings

It put a spotlight on some of my responsibilities in a way I didn’t think about before. (I encourage you to have a look at the complete manifesto for self-care).

I’m doing something a little extra in the week leading up to International Self-Care Day and making myself available for a short chat to brainstorm with you how you could incorporate self-care into your routine. There are 2 options, either by yourself (15min), or with your household (30min).

Pick one.

The ISF also describe 7 pillars of self-care and to be honest, when I focus on what more I could (read should :-)) be doing, I could get despondent very quickly. It’s great that we have the resources on the ISF site because it helps deal with the overwhelm. I’m truly grateful for this.

Pillar 2 covers mental wellbeing. Though I am not a health professional, I want to play my role (albeit small), and try to inspire those around me to do self-care, while working to raise the bar in my own life. That’s why I offer my piano music to help you create a space to pause and be still when you need it.

Let’s treat ourselves to better health. I’ll watch your back while you watch mine.

Take (self-)care

Let’s share notes, what do you do for self-care? Share it with us in the comments below.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Kay

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….I needed this right now….

    We take self care for granted. My self care routine was just to do devotional and pray…but some days are hard to focus.
    Adding the music to my routine today made such a HUGE difference.

    I cannot say thank you enough

  2. Livi

    Hi Shaunelle,

    Thank you for helping us create a self care environment with your soothing music. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. Greetings and love to Carey.

  3. Karen

    It’s great you are helping to raise awareness about the importance of self care. Your music is helping me right now, to sit a while, just when I needed it. Thank you 😊

    1. Shaunelle

      Hey Karen yes we all have to help each other take care of ourselves… for me I have to be so deliberate about it, and I suspect many others do too. Thanks for sharing about how the music is helping you do your SitAWhile. Lovely. You’re very welcome to come to one of the monthly SitAWhile’s as well. Blessings.

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