According to the Oxford Living Dictionary, self-care is defined as:
1 The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
1.1 The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Note there’s nothing in the definition about self-care being selfish or frivolous, nor is there anything indicating an if time allows clause.
Actually, in definition 1.1, it emphasises self-care be employed, “in particular during periods of stress,” so really, the Oxford Dictionary is telling us to make self-care a habit and a priority. A habit during regular times so that it can be aptly upgraded to priority during stressful times.
As runners, we’re all guilty of sometimes letting self-care slide. We run through pain and injuries, we run too many miles in the same beat-up, trash shoes, we’re really hard on ourselves when we don’t live up to our own (usually somewhat unrealistic) expectations and—probably the most hostile attack on self-care—we can get very self-
So here, on the UR Blog, we’re opening up the topic of self-care for discussion. We’re going to write more on it in the coming months and we’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, reactions, questions and stories as we investigate the topic more deeply.