Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature? Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress.
Physical self-care is important, indeed. If you’ve established a healthy body care routine, you rock. It takes self-love, self respect, and determination to successfully do this.
But sometimes, physical self-care can be like a band-aid that falls off after a few days, before your wound is healed, if you never take the time to look deeply within. It doesn’t necessarily reverse unhealthy beliefs, debilitating thoughts, and disabling emotions. In fact, your healthy routine might even fall away when you inner dictator gets the best of you.
A complete approach to self-care needs to include ways to heal your wounds, support a budding sense of positive self-esteem, and encourage you to express your own voice.
I call this deep self-care.