“I’m good at taking time out to care for others, but I’m not good at setting time aside to care for myself,” one woman lamented to me. She was a busy homemaker, and everyone in her home was well cared for, thanks to her unselfish giving and devotion to her family. But she had needs too, she realized, that needed to be met with the same kind of unselfed care she was showing to her family. It was okay, and necessary, she saw, to take time out for self-care. As she set time aside for her own care, prayer and study, she felt much better, and found it easier to care for others. Everyone was happier in the home, including herself.
Jesus Christ took time out for self-care. After spending busy days with crowds of people, listening to their troubles, answering their questions, preaching, teaching, and healing, he would exit all the commotion, find a quiet place to pray, and concentrate his attention and energies on keeping his thought in a heavenly place. He practiced the highest form of self-care—spiritual care for his thought. He knew from experience, that when one’s thought is in a good place, everything else follows in a better place too.
We can practice the same. It’s important to keep our thinking in a good place for the best results. Success requires self-care. We need to set time aside for prayer, to study and learn more about God, and to keep our thought inspired.
Like fueling a car, we don’t get far with an empty gas tank. Good self-care ensures our “gas tank” of inspiration is full and overflowing.
Be sure to love yourself—to honor your spiritual self and keep it flourishing strong and vibrant.
Practice healthy self-care. It benefits you and everyone around you.