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Self-Care Awareness

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

Burnout; an official clinical syndrome (WHO). It is characterized by physical/emotional exhaustion and chronically stressful lifestyles. As a nurse, I can say I am all too familiar with the feeling of burnout. Living a lifestyle trying to attain the illusion of the ironically titled "American Dream," is often met with long work hours, high demands, even higher expectations, and lack of rest; when paired with a tumultuous home life the effects on our mental/physical health can be devastating and lead to poor consequences. Technology majorly plays into burnout through the ability to access our work life from home. Work becomes the main priority while you and your family sit in second place. Because of this newly discovered crisis, the "self-care" movement was seen as a way to promote/advocate putting yourself and your desires first with the idea that if you are well cared for then you will perform better. Society emphasizes the development of personal habits/hobbies for the reduction and management of stress. Society believes that daily exercise, healthy diet, hobbies, reading, and "me-time" are essential in mind and body health. Yes, this true in the aspect that it will help but Jesus approaches "self-care" differently. God, our creator, understands the importance of rest and rejuvenation. Genesis 2:2-3, "2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made,". Jesus also prioritizes rest as seen here when speaking to His disciples in Mark 6:31,"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made,". God wants us to take our lunch breaks at work! We must make an effort to maintaintain our physical and mental health by recognizing we have limitations.

How does a christian practice self-care?

  1. Recognize our limits, practice proper management of your mind, spirit, and body.

Treat self care as a the act of worship it is! Recognize your own physical limitations and the need for total dependence on God. This step requires humility on our behalf. Remember, we were bought with a price through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit to reside in. We cannot repay God for the greatest sacrifice of all time, BUT we can offer ourselves to Him by acting as a vessel for the advancement of His Kingdom. Romans 12:1,"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service,".We show that we are good stewards over our mind and body though regular pactices such as hydration, clean eating, exercise, and rest.


2. Seek the Source


Society believes healing lies within our own bodies and that through us alone we have the ability to care for ourselves this debunked by Mathew 11:28-30,"28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,". God wants us to find solace in Him, it is through the enlightenment of His Word that the yoke of burnout/depression/anxiety will break.I can attest to this very healing. It is not God's desire for us to be riddled with uncertainty/doubt. Phillipians 4:6-7,"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,". By seeking God's Kingdom (Matther 6:33-34) we will begin to honor God in all of our actions. The worry you may experience will be replaced by the concern of God's Kingdom.


3.Re-think what Work means to you


Ecclesiastes 5:19-20,"12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God,".Simply put.


In conclusion, the principles of the "self-care" movement were already spoken of in God's Word. If we want true rest, relief, and rejuvenation, we need to go straight to the source of all peace and joy, Jesus.


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