The term ‘self-care’ has been bandied around a lot recently, especially in the media, working as a catch-all term for comforting activities. But when you break it down, what does it really mean and how can we incorporate it into our lives?
Looking at the words separately, ‘care’ implies some sort of basis in medicine. When a doctor creates a treatment plan for you, you are considered under their ‘care’.
Adding the word ‘self’ gives the individual a choice in treatment. If you are advised by a doctor to undertake self-care, it is recognised that you have the capacity to choose what’s best for you, outside the realm of medicine.
What this care entails depends largely on the individual; for some it may involve a long walk on the beach, for others it could be sitting down to watch their favourite TV series.
What self-care is not