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What is self-care?
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Sep 21, 2022
“Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself.”- African Proverb
Perimeter Healthcare defines self-care as a general term that describes everything you do deliberately for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can transmit the good feelings to others. You cannot give to others what you don't have yourself. While some may misconstrue self-care as selfish, it's far from that.
Self-care is something one often forgets about when dealing with life. The day-to-day hustle and bustle often gets in the way. Whether you work full-time, part-time, or are even retired, there always seems like that there is always work that needs to get done. When do we sit down? When do we cook a homemade meal? When do we take time to grieve? In our daily lives, we recognize that death does not seem to take a break, yet it is also something that takes away all our energy.
Taking care of your grief is exercising self-care. As grief comes in many ways, so does self-care. Not to mention, if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you care for others?
Here are some examples of good tools to help you with both self-care and grief:
- Eat a healthy well-balanced meal
- Drink plenty of water
- Go for a walk
- Get adequate sleep (for adults 6-8hours)
- Sit in the sunlight
- Take a bath or shower/good hygiene in general.
- Be part of a group that supports you
Here are some active ways to care for yourself and your grief:
- Ask for help and accept it when it is offered
- Maintain a trusted circle of friends and/or community
- Plan something to look forward to (keep it simple if appropriate)
- Create new traditions around the holidays
- Journal (no professional writing experience necessary)
- Set boundaries and learn to say no as to not overcommit
- Re-calibrate your priorities if needed
- Learn to disconnect (the world will be here when you return)
- Practice positive self-talk
- Re-engage or deepen your spiritual practices
It’s ok to take care of you first, and taking time to grieve in a healthy way is important.
If you are grieving a death and think a support group might be for you, please contact us at 269.983.2707. We’re always here and available to listen.