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Self Care


care of ourselves always seems so difficult. There are so many more important things that must be finished… tidied… written… or fixed. Children to hug, babies to rock, work to finish. We just never seem to get to the “me” part. We fall into bed at night having hardly stopped to take a break. Lunch? What lunch?

On the odd occasion when I put myself first, I inevitably feel guilty. Stopping to read the newspaper with a cup of coffee, or going off to the local shopping mall for some ‘retail therapy’ isn’t something I do often, but when I do, I end up thinking of all the things I could have accomplished while I was sitting there indulging myself.

Self care is truly difficult for most of us to do. Others need us, we have responsibilities, it feels like there is so little time and so much to do. We drive ourselves to the point of exhaustion, fall into bed, and hope for the energy to get up and going again in the morning.

Self care is vital to a healthy mind, body, and psyche. When we run down the ‘batteries’ of our system too far for effective operation, just like a real electrical system, things start to malfunction. Our ability to think becomes impaired, we have difficulty regulating our emotions, and if the exhaustion becomes chronic, we can develop disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. Having “down time” is so very important.

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the time, the money, or the energy to plan a trip or anything big. This is usually the case – but I can take a little time nearly every day to rejuvenate my sense of self, to take a few deep breaths, and to let my mind take a break.

Here are some suggestions for the office
  • Close the door, turn off the phone(s), light a fragrant candle, and meditate for 10 minutes
  • Take your coffee and go sit outside or in someone else’s office. Leave your mobile.
  • Open your office window and sit in the sunshine (watch the dust!) for 10 minutes. Vitamin D, warmth, and natural light.
  • Take the fruit from your lunch (you packed fruit, right?) and walk outside or on another floor while you eat.
  • Indulge yourself with a driver once a week…biweekly… once a month – sit back let someone else drive you to work and take you home.
For home
  • Make a date with yourself at least once every two weeks. Put it in your diary as a meeting, a date, a rendezvous… but keep it. Don’t let anyone distract you and don’t give it away yourself. Do something you enjoy. (See “Links” for some suggestions)
  • Plan times to reconnect with friends – you know… adult play dates.
  • Buy a good book, make time to sit in the bath or the garden and read it.
  • Pick a day to be “sick.” Tell everyone you’re not feeling well and you need to spend the day in bed. Surround yourself with magazines, water, chocolates, or nachos… nap, read, watch TV, and don’t think about anything else you could be doing.
  • Have a tea party with your girlfriends.
  • Have a Wii or a Halo party with your guy friends.
  • Make time to do something you used to enjoy but haven’t done for a long time – go sailing, biking, diving, walking, to yoga, to the mall, to the movies… Really. What did you used to do that you don’t do now?


A healthy mind and psyche contribute significantly to our ability to handle the daily stresses of life, and to our ability to bounce back from those unexpected stresses we all experience. It truly is not enough to simply care for our physical needs – for optimum health we need to take care of our whole selves. Body, mind, and heart (soul).
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When in Kuwait…

We welcome your ideas for self care in Kuwait, as well as suggestions of activities or groups which may be accessed by someone looking to develop a self care habit. Send your suggestions to Self Care.