If you are not bought into why you need to start practicing self-care… let’s start there first.
Self-Care is one of the most common terms people use when describing a way to improve your mental fitness.
Mental Fitness is: According to google: Mental fitness can be defined as having and maintaining a state of well-being and cultivating awareness of how we think, behave and feel. Just as physical fitness provides us with an increased ability to respond to life in all its richness, mental fitness helps in the same way.
Popular author of the Saboteur assessment, Shirzad Chamine also discusses staying mentally fit in how he describes utilizing a Sage perspective and improving your Positive Intelligence or PQ score.
Whatever term you may use… mental fitness… emotional wellness … or PQ… the essential point is that you are increasing your capacity to handle tough shit and you do so through self-care techniques.
Think of improving your mental fitness like lifting dumbells. If you went into a gym cold turkey… you would pull a muscle trying to squat 200 pounds. However, if you workout a bunch and build up to it, you can lift 200 pounds. Think of mental fitness like that: the 200 pounds is the amount of shit you can withstand without emotionally breaking. At first, it may only be 10 pounds of emotional shit you can handle. But over time – 200 pounds of shit will be what your limit is.
We can increase our mental capacity the way we do our physical capacity. Which is where self-care techniques come in.
Self-Care techniques include any activities that foster your mental fitness. Any activity done to better you for noone else but you and for no other purpose than to improve your mental fitness.
- Expressive Poetry Writing
- Baths with Books
- Walking your Pet
- Sitting in Nature
- Visualizations and Vision Boards
- Positive Quotes
I will go into all of these in other posts but for now… I want to leave you with these questions to ask yourself:
What is your mental fitness routine like?
What self-care do you engage in?
If you said no or had a hard time coming up with something – now is the time to get to it.