The best self-care: Turning to God

Self-care is a familiar buzzword these days. It refers to when an individual chooses to rely on various kinds of activities for his or her personal well-being. A quick internet search yields a plentiful supply of ideas for things one might do if carving out time for self-care, such as yoga, mindfulness, healthful diets, and taking walks. The whole idea of relying on these ways of taking care of oneself isn’t exactly new, but today the commercialization of this concept has created a ten-billion-dollar industry (see “The Millennial Obsession with Self-Care,” Christianna Silva, National Public Radio, June 4, 2017).  

Engaging in self-care is about so much more than normal aspects of personal daily care for oneself. It seems to also be about the desire to take a break, to have moments of solitude for oneself that aren’t disturbed by the news, the routines of daily life, or the noise of one’s surroundings. Life today can be very stressful and busy, and the busier one is, the more valuable one’s time and one’s quality of life seem to be. It’s no wonder, then, that many people are seeking out opportunities to take a break from, well, “life.” 

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