Self-care awareness is important to our physical AND mental wellness. When we fail to take care of our emotions, they often show up in our physical health.
September marks another self-care awareness month. What does self-care awareness mean to you? I used to think self-care was all about manicures, retail therapy, and self-indulgence. Not any more. Find out the true meaning in this month’s series.
What Does Self-Care Awareness Have to Do With My Emotions?
“Stop it!” My four-year-old grandson said in a firm voice. “That’s making me angry!”
“I’m sorry,” I said, as I quickly turned the blender off. “I should have warned you before I turned on a loud noise.”
“If I wait a minute and then warn you, may I turn the blender back on?”
“Ok,” he said. He nodded and covered his ears.
I turned the blender back on and marveled at how such a young child had already started to understand the importance of self-care awareness. As an autistic child, my grandson didn’t start speaking until almost three years of age. His parents have done a marvelous job of teaching him emotional intelligence skills. At four, he had incredible self-awareness of his need to be warned about loud noises. It took me until my 40s to figure out I don’t like repetitive motions (those fidget spinners in the hands of my students about drove me insane).
Your Emotions and Your Need for Self-Care Awareness
Lacking self-awareness about external things that bother me made me grouchy and short-tempered at times. But lacking self-awareness about my emotional state took a huge toll on my physical health. I ignored many of my emotions—things like fear, despair, sadness, and grief for so long they snarled into a backyard jungle I couldn’t control. They started choking the life out of me physically.
Doctors couldn’t figure out what ailed me. Probably because I kept going to medical doctors instead of a counselor or psychologist. It took me seven years to sit down and really process all the emotions I’d had during my husband’s catastrophic cancer bout.
You can learn from my mistakes and save yourself hundreds of dollars in doctor bills. Learn to identify your emotions and process them in healthy ways before they get out of control and cause physical damage.
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