Sometimes, self-care feels selfish, especially if we’re used to neglecting ourselves. But taking care of ourselves is not selfish. It’s being a good steward of the body, brain, and time God has entrusted to us. Self-care is non-negotiable. If you want to serve God fully.
Just as we must love ourselves emotionally to be able to love
others, so we must care for ourselves practically to have the strength
to serve others. How can you love others if you don’t love yourself
enough to even take care of your most basic needs?
You can’t pour anything from an empty pitcher. Make a commitment to nurture and nourish yourself.
Five Ways to Start Loving Yourself Better Today
Self-care is important on five different fronts. We must proactively strengthen our spirit, mind, will, emotions, and body. These are the battlegrounds where our enemy attacks us. We must resist attack by keeping these parts of ourselves strong, healthy, and vibrant. Neglecting ourselves in any area leaves us vulnerable.
Spend daily personal time with God any way you can for however long you can. Include prayer and Bible reading or study.
Worship isn’t just for Sunday! Turn up your favorite praise music and sing with joyful noise about the goodness and greatness of God.
Plug into a church community with wholehearted worship, Biblical teaching, and meaningful fellowship. Make regular and consistent church attendance a habit.
Meditate on God’s word often. How can you apply what you learn to your own life?
Allow God to transform the way you think. Don’t conform to the world’s mold of thought patterns. Renew and refresh your thinking with spiritual truths. Cultivate a Biblical worldview based on God’s truth, not your culture’s opinion.
Trust God’s plan. Embrace His peace.
Continually learn, grow, discover, and engage.
Your brain is like a muscle. Disuse leads to atrophy. Use it or lose it! Learn new things. Figure out puzzles. Play chess.
Read books and listen to audiobooks. Chew on new ideas and filter them through your Biblical worldview.
Make a habit of thinking victorious thoughts. If you think like you’re defeated, you will be. If you think tough, you’ll be tough.
Did you identify your own strengths and potential problem areas? We all struggle in different ways, but we all struggle somewhere. Pick ONE THING you want to work on and commit to it. When that becomes second nature, pick a new goal!
Will You pray this prayer with me?
What makes it difficult to care for yourself? What are your tips for nurturing yourself? Share your ideas in the comments below.
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Elizabeth is an author, blogger, and speaker. In addition to supporting her military husband and homeschooling 6 of her 8 children (2 are grown), she writes and speaks about overcoming adversity and building a resilient life. The depression and anxiety she experienced following the death of her son in his second trimester made her passionate about helping others fortify their mental health.