What is Self Care?

 
 

In one sense, self care is just what it seems: taking care of yourself.

But some strategies are more effective than others, and learning what methods work best allows you to harness powerful tools for wellness.

The concept of self care started with people who worked in caretaking professions: social workers; nurses; therapists; and others who faced human suffering as part of their job and had high rates of stress-fueled burn out. Medical professionals also began instructing patients in self care strategies as part of after-care. Changing bandages, taking prescribed medications, and following through on physical therapies are all part of the medical approach to patient self care.

As the civil, LGBT, and women's rights movements grew through the mid-20th century, people recognized that self care was a powerful way to take charge of their own health under a medical system biased against them. Self care was a political act, alleviating suffering for people denied power and preserving strength for those fighting for their rights.

Self care continued to catch on as more people recognized the benefits. It resonated with people needing strategies to cope with the challenges of modern life. Now, everyone -- from sufferers of chronic illness or mental illness to stressed out employees and parents -- recognize the need to find solutions that doctors and therapists alone can't provide.

Self care is just taking care of yourself, but it is also learning strategies and tools that work for each individual. It is developing skills to cope with the realities of life, and finding ways to persevere through hardships. It is creating opportunities to make the good experiences in your life outweigh the bad ones. 

At HavenTree, we want to help you do that.