Self-Care is a hot topic right now, especially in light of the recent losses both the medical community and the world have suffered. And there are a lot of thoughts on what self-care involves and the different ways that a person should practice it. Does it involve working out and eating healthy? Or doing face mask regimens and drinking a glass of wine? How does someone figure out what the right method of practicing self-care is for them when there are so many ideas being floated around and everyone has an opinion on it? I feel like every other day there’s some new self-care option that’s being touted as “right” way to self-care.
So, what does that mean for us – the people who are busy going to school or working full time or being a parent? Does that mean that our versions of self-care are any less worthy?
I don’t think so. Personally, I think self-care can be anything. It can be setting your alarm an hour later on the weekend (even though you have a to-do list a mile long). It can be spending the day binge-watching your favorite TV show. It doesn’t have to be some elaborate event that takes more energy to plan than you have to spend! And there is nothing wrong with that.
When we really think about “self-care”, the first word says it all – its individual to you. It’s your self care. Not the influencers’ we all follow on Instagram. Not even your best friend’s. I encourage you to find something that you enjoy and that gives you relief, no matter what it is.
For me, self-care means listening to my body, and it changes based on the day/week I’m having. Those days I feel overwhelmed and like my brain can’t even function for one more minute – I take myself out of the equation. It could mean going for a run with my headphones blocking out the world or it could mean me just holing up in my room to watch a movie. The days I’m beyond worried about something (like waiting for PANCE scores), I make an elaborate meal and finish it off with ice cream. No matter what, I remind myself that there is no one way to take care of myself and feel better. And that if the first thing I try doesn’t work, I move on to another one of my self-care methods.
I encourage you to find your own method of self-care and not get caught up in all the fads out there. Self-care is for you, and you’re the best person to know what you need to feel better.
About the author:
Erin Moore is a recent PA school grad beginning her career in the Emergency Department. After graduating from the University of Florida with her B.S. in Health Sciences, she moved to Washington, DC to begin physician assistant school at the George Washington University. There, the diversity of her patients truly taught her the importance of the impact culture has on medicine. She is passionate about bringing that awareness to other health professionals.