Self-care can be such a buzzword, being the reason given for spending time and money on ourselves, having a night out with friends or even exercising. It seems like we cannot take care of ourselves without external permission. This is not true. We are created in the image and likeness of God, who loves community and rest. Many times, in scripture, we see Jesus going off on his own to pray or to spend time alone with his apostles, away from the crowds. We can certainly take note and have Jesus as our model rather than the self-care the world considers important. Let’s focus on soul-care, rather than self-care.
As a catechist, you give of yourself – possibly without thought to yourself. As the saying goes, you cannot give from an empty cup. What does our soul need?
5 Ways to Care for your Soul
Start your day with a prayer
It does not have to be long or formal. Each day, when you wake up, say a short and simple prayer: Lord, I consecrate this day to you. Be with me in all I do.
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Spend time in nature, noticing the beauty of God’s creation
Confession time, I think this is very helpful but don’t do it as often as I’d like. And I live in a place where the weather makes this so easy. Have your morning beverage and prayer time outside. If you have children go outside and play with them, ride bikes, play tag, or hunt for bugs or leaves.
Sit in silence for a short time
I am quite good at talking to God. I have the list of needs, prayer requests of friends, and rote prayers. Stop talking. Be still. Sit in silence and be in His presence. It may be the most efficacious prayer you ever pray.
Every day, at least one thing you are grateful for, is articulated to someone else. I am on a text thread where we say what we are grateful for that day. Some days it is as simple as a good night’s sleep, while other times for great joys, college acceptances, healing, or a new baby. Big and small, thank the giver of all gifts.