Eat your veggies. Exercise. Get enough sleep. See your doctor annually. Take time to spend with friends and family. These are pretty much common sense when we think about the ways that we take care of ourselves. But what does it mean to practice spiritual self-care? How do we know if we are spiritually healthy or not?
Practicing self-care means we are better prepared to use our gifts and callings to help and minister to the people that God places in our paths.
Practicing self-care means we are tending every part of who we are so that we do not neglect the gift and calling God has given us.
It’s ironic that by practicing self-care we are better able to care for others.
Just as caring for our bodies requires discipline to do the hard and sometimes even boring things that are good for us, so does practicing self-care for our spiritual, sensory, emotional, physical, and social selves.