Self-care Requires Discipline

Self-care calls for discipline rather than indulgence.

I’ll let you read that agin, so it can sink it. Self-care calls for discipline rather than indulgence.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a good indulgence, and I probably indulge more often than I should. Self-care, however, should comprise consistent habits of wellness, not one-off moments of escapism. And doing anything that’s worthwhile, and doing it consistently, requires discipline.

What’s easier? Setting and keeping the boundaries necessary for you to read for 30 minutes per day – or – allowing other people and tasks and mindless scrolling to fill up those 30 minutes at least several times per week?

The discipline required for self-care is a gift to yourself and a gift to those you love and serve.

  • You learn to make boundaries.
  • You learn to maintain boundaries.
  • You give yourself time to recharge.
  • You give yourself time to refresh.
  • You give yourself permission to even acknowledge you need to recharge and refresh.
  • You model boundaries.
  • You model self-care.
  • You model being human.
  • You show up more vibrantly.
  • You become more present.
  • You improve your creativity.
  • You improve your physical health.
  • You improve your mental health.
  • You improve your emotional health.
  • You ultimately have more of yourself to give when you take time for yourself.

Everybody wins. There is no losing.

I invite you to give yourself an hour and a half on one Sunday each month to devote to self care. That’s not enough self-care for anyone, but it’s a start, and you’re worth it.

Click below to register for a LELA House Self-care Sunday event on Sunday, February 19, 2023. And until then, take 30 minutes for yourself and comment below letting us know what you did. See you Sunday!

Published by Roshaunda D. Cade

I am an educator, writer, and creator. I live in St. Louis, MO with my husband and teenage children and enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and pushing my creative boundaries.

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