The Business of Self-care

Credit| Hollins University Batten Leadership Institute

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Self-care is what you do when you can no longer deny that your “Health Is Your Wealth,” according to an old Jewish proverb. Investing in your health should be your first priority in owning your authentic Self. Self-care is Self-control, as quoted by Zero Dean, “like a muscle, the more you exercise self-control on a consistent basic, the stronger you get.” We need Self-care in order to function on a daily basis. The cost of not practicing Self-care can result in imbalance. As a result, poor self-care can cost your paycheck, social relationships, and maybe your life. When your brain goes into a fight-or-flight mode, it is important to take a step back and breathe. The way you handle trials and tribulations can say a lot about you. Society is filled with people who unconsciously undercut themselves, spiraling down into depression, esteem issues, and regrets. When, Where, and how you invest in the quality of your life is entirely up to you. Investing in your health should always be your first priority in owning yourself. Invest in your health.


Stress is one of the leading factors that can negatively influence self-care. Stress is defined by Hans Selye, MD as “the rate of wear and tear in the human machinery that accompanies any vital activity and, in a sense, parallels the intensity of life.” It can affect the functions of the brain. Additional studies have suggested that stress in the absence of Self-care can increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, etc. The business of self-care and stress requires that a foundation of balance is applied. Self-care goes beyond pampering. It is stress management, in action. Self-care is acknowledging that we are all human and we are vulnerable to restlessness. If you don’t care about yourself, who is going to care about you? Practicing self-care helps you to rethink your goals. When you don’t have your health, nothing else matters.

To be continued…

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