Self-Care- It’s Good for the Soul

July 14, 2022

The 24th of June marked the start of Self-Care Month, and it ends with “Self-Care Day on July 24th. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), this date was selected because “self-care can be practiced 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.” Around the world, people will try to focus on practicing self-care and how it can make a difference in our lives. The WHO defines self-care as “individuals, families and communities promoting and maintaining their own health, preventing disease, and coping with illness and disability, with or without the support of a health worker.”  Our recent July Bereavement Support Newsletter, “A Closer Walk With Thee”, highlights the importance of self-care when we are suffering the loss of a loved one, or journeying through the grief from such a loss. We agree that the practice of self-care needs to be 24/7. If we establish the routine and practice of daily self-care, then when the time comes in our lives, as it surely will, when we are suffering a real loss and the ensuing grief seems to be overpowering us, the ability to fall into the routine will not seem as monumental to us.

It is often difficult to maintain healthy habits or to prioritize our self-care, even during our normal lives when we aren’t experiencing grief. Our world seems to be more and more hectic, with work/family balance always being challenged. Throw in a health crisis, illness, or death into the mix and it becomes tougher to prioritize that half hour or more to exercise, or even that fifteen minutes to meditate or pray in solitude. During the pandemic, the use of technology enabled us to connect with others in a safe environment. One could also join exercise classes, therapy sessions, or conversations with family and friends remotely, to continue their routines of self-care. For some of us, isolation is inevitable due to circumstances out of our control, so focusing on a daily self-care routine, whether virtual or in-person should be a habit- as routine as brushing our teeth.

Summertime is an easy time to enjoy a walk or get outside and enjoy nature as part of your self-care routine. We are blessed to be in this area where our natural parks are so beautiful and abundant. We at Catholic Cemeteries Association also encourage you to visit our beautiful cemeteries as part of your self-care. Visit a loved one’s gravesite and pray or meditate on the blessings of their lives to us and reflect on how we can take the positive aspects of their legacy and keep them alive in our hearts and lives. Take a walk around our grounds and enjoy the beauty of each season at hand. Start today to take care of yourself and keep it going. Remember, self-care is a lifestyle, and it’s good for the soul!

Written by, Kathleen Gallagher McKiernan

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