Is Self-Care a Selfish Idea?


By Nancy Truscott, Parish Nurse

Posted on January 15, 2017

“He helps little that helps not himself”.

Now that the Christmas season is over, I have started to think about self-care. When looking at self-care, I am not just talking about diet and exercise, as important as those are to your physical health. Self-care is about being well yourself so you can serve others. It’s about acknowledging you have needs that need your attention.

Many of us tend to overextend ourselves daily. We often pack our days and find there is no time left for our basic needs. Others take us for granted. They assume we have met our own needs before we turn to serve others. The onus on us to get this straight.

This leads us to our self practices and our self attitudes. What attitude do you wake up with in the morning? Can you develop a more positive attitude about yourself and the day ahead? Can you turn a negative into a positive?

Were you awake ruminating about a snide remark from a co-worker? Are your enemies multiplying and your friends subtracting? If this is the case, I suggest you reframe your attitude. You are responsible to do and feel and think as Jesus would have you do. Jesus wants you to love Him as He loves you. This leads to wholesome self-care.

Jesus does not want you to judge your fellow citizen. Matthew says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

We need to look at ourselves first before we try to help others: “Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5)

Taking the log out of our own eyes is part of self-care.

What do you need to correct in your own life to make you ready to serve in the name of Jesus? Ask Him every morning when He awakens you to the next day of your life.

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