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. #SelfCareAwarenessMonth #selfcareawareness #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #selfcare #selfcarehacks #emotinos #emotionalintelligence #EQ #selfhelp #mysteryillness #betterhealth #takecareofyourself

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.

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. #SelfCareAwarenessMonth #selfcareawareness #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #selfcare #selfcarehacks #emotinos #emotionalintelligence #EQ #selfhelp #mysteryillness #betterhealth #takecareofyourself

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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Show Notes

Should you see a pastor or clergyman for counseling?

Research on cortisol:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110569/#R41

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037

If you’d like to start a journey to physical wholeness, you can check out some of these posts:

Basic Accountability Tools for Improving Physical Wholeness

Find Out How to Improve Your Physical Health This Summer

Why You Need to Prioritize Your Physical Health

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19 Comments

  1. In the current health climate – and we age, it’s so important to understand these how to care for our emotions during health crisis. And to face those things which set us on edge! Thank you for this Anita. I’m having a self care week for my emotions because of last week! I’m not sure how it’s going to work out, but I do know I have to let schedules go this week!
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  2. Good for you for taking a self-care week, Maryleigh! I took a break from many things in August because I just wasn’t functioning well and it has paid some great dividends. in terms of energy, compassion, and creativity. Praying your week gives you what you need.

  3. Thanks for these wise words, Anita. When two of my family members faced simultaneous health crises, I steered them–and the family–through, okay. What I didn’t do was pay much attention to the crisis I was creating for myself. I told myself I really didn’t have time. The hacks you share here are simple and doable, small actions that don’t take much time and won’t overwhelm. Thanks for breaking them down this way.
    Natalie Ogbourne recently posted…Why Do We Keep Going?My Profile

  4. I so related to the part of podcast where you don’t want to show the “wrong” emotions to the different groups of people. We want to spare them any unpleasantness. But it does not help us, or even them. This has been a hard lesson to learn. We need to identify and speak about our emotions with safe people.
    Theresa+Boedeker recently posted…Why is Life harder Than We Imagined?My Profile

  5. Like you, I’ve been amazed at the wisdom (and humor) that comes from the mouth of a grandchild who lives with a disability.

    To be able to articulate who we are and where we’re coming from and what we need is a skill set we’d all be wise to develop … and nurture. All the relationships we’ve had would have been a whole lot healthier and stronger.

    Thanks for this wise writing, Anita!
    Linda Stoll recently posted…Gentle & Lowly Book Club – Session 2My Profile

  6. Anita, I love that your grandson is so self-aware and could express his emotions to you. His parents HAVE done a good job of teaching him emotional awareness. That will serve him well, especially with being on the spectrum. Thank you for the reminder of just how important it is to process through my own emotions. Some lessons are hard-learned, and this has been one of those for me.

  7. Anita, your experience with the backyard jungle of emotions reminded me of all the talking with I did friends (and also a counselor) when my parents were declining and after they died. I sometimes got tired of hearing my own voice, but just to be able to share and process with a select few who really cared was such an important part of my healing journey. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I see it now. I’m glad that you were eventually able to work though all the emotions from your husband’s cancer journey, and I definitely appreciate your willingness to share those hard lessons with us.
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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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