The biggest myth about self-care + 3 healthy habits to adopt while pursuing your purpose

In honor of Mental Health May, I wanted to address an important topic that has been researched at least 50,500,000, (based on when I first starting writing this post), which equated to about every 0.88 seconds.

It’s the topic of self-care.

Based on our extremely busy, burned out, fast-paced, multi-tasking society, the conclusion can be drawn that many are not “caring for self”, i.e. they are neglecting their health, for various reasons.

In an effort to “fix” this issue, everywhere you turn, one will find articles, courses, books, workshops, etc on self-care.

Yet, there is an underlying issue that needs to be considered first before we even begin tackling the “How-tos” of self-care. We have to address the myth behind it so we don’t build on a faulty foundation, but instead have a proper perspective.

So…let’s go ahead and address the elephant in the room.

Wait a minute, what??? Big shock, right?

Our culture, especially the western world, is so focused on self: self-help, self-esteem, self-discovery, self-improvement, self-medication, taking selfies, etc. Being so self-focused, it would make sense that we should be the healthiest people in the world right?

Yet we’re not.

That’s because we were never created or designed to be self-focused. We weren’t made to depend on self.

He is referring to God, the One who created us. Only then will we truly know how to care for ourselves and others, as well as everything else that is important to us.

Therefore, I am proposing a new word in place of self-care: Stewardship care.

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word stewardship is defined as:

the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially :  the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care

What would the world and our lives look like if we, first, were continually reaching out and consulting the One who created this body (and life of ours) to truly know how to care for and steward it well? 

Consider for a moment how you care for your clothes, electronic equipment and your most prized possessions.

You usually check the instructions first, right? (Well hopefully, lol!)

The same applies to learning how to care for ourselves. We must check with the Manufacturer/Designer first. 

Here are 3 habits you can begin cultivating today as you are on the journey to pursuing your purpose, in a healthy way:

Healthy Habit #1: Fill yourself up first full of Him daily.

You cannot pour out, serve others or do the things you were called to do if you don’t remember to fuel up first, and continually.

Healthy Habit #2: Give yourself some grace.

Stop being so hard on yourself all the time. If you tried something and it didn’t work out, still celebrate the fact that you tried. If you didn’t complete everything on your task list today, pat yourself on the back for what you did get through. We don’t give ourselves enough grace, yet God graciously and lavishly pours it out on us. 

Healthy Habit #3: Learn how to say No.

This two letter word is a complete sentence and does not need an explanation. Determine what is most important to you and learn to say ‘No’ to those things/activities that are not. 

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The great thing about these healthy habits is that none of them require you to spend money.

Don’t get me wrong.

I firmly believe in getting a massage, having some “me” time, getting a mani/pedi, taking a short trip/retreat, going to watch a movie, etc, and have been known to do all of the above from time to time. 

It is important to refresh, renew and recharge. 

The key is to put things in perspective and first draw your fuel from the ultimate energy Source, God Himself. Allow Him to then lead you in how to care for and steward the life He has called you to live-IN Purpose, ON Purpose and FOR Purpose. 

Join the conversation in our In Pursuit of Purpose community on Facebook.

Let me know which of the 3 habits you will begin working on or are doing right now. 

I’d love to hear from you.


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