Hey lady! Are you tired?? That’s the most redundant question ever, right! Of course, your tired!! Between giving your best in the office and then giving the rest of your best to home, you are probably running on fumes and caffeine. As women it can seem like we are hard-wired to take care of everyone. This often leaves us with little for ourselves. What if I could help you cut the guilt of self care by showing you bible verses about self care that make it less of a nice to do and more of a need to do!
Living life with a constant level of overwhelm isn’t the life that God called us to. God’s word says that he has better for us, plans that prosper us and not harm us, so there is no way he could honestly want us to live a life of emptied-out-ness.
Studies show that when you live constantly worn out without taking a little time to yourself (even a few minutes), you can grow to resent those who you are caring for. Taking the time to get away by yourself was modeled by Jesus in many scriptures of the new testament.
If you’ve spent anytime on the internet you’ve likely heard of the self care movement. Everyone is talking, tweeting, instagramming and blogging about it. But what is it, and what does God say about it? Well hopefully by the end of this article you will be encouraged to take those moments to get alone and breath sis!
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What is self care?
Self-care is defined as anything that is done deliberately to focus our efforts on caring for our health mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Self-care is the basis for improving our mood and reducing anxiety. It’s not selfish, its about knowing how to take care of our needs so that ultimately, we can take care of others. It is not meant to be something we force upon ourselves. Self-care is what we do after we have taken assessment of what our needs are and then work to take care of that need.
Self-Care for Christians can be tricky. The idea of doing something to take care of yourself, when God says he will supply all our needs seems counter Christian.
As I have studied and prayed about God’s thought on self-care, I have come to see that there is a place for self-care within the Christian community, but the dialogue is different!
Christian Self-Care Starts with knowing Jesus. The basis of any great self-care plan is getting to know the one who knows you best. Seeing how you were created and really accepting the Love he has for you is key to understanding what you need for proper self-care
Serving others is a form of self-care. We were created with purpose that would make the lives of others different. Once we have accepted Christ we are to press in and become more like him. Which means we serve others and then turn to God to be refilled. Jesus served often, but he also deliberately went alone by himself to be filled up by the Father. This is our example of Christian Self-care.
Walking in your purpose is taking care of yourself. When we think of mental self-care we think of that overwhelmed feeling we get when we pour out the very last we have in situations and areas we were never called to. When we instead get to know God, press in to him and find out what plans he had for us, we begin to experience a joy, gratitude, and fulfilment that can only be explained by pointing to Jesus.
Self-care is about good stewardship. Our minds, bodies, and hearts are all blessings and gifts from God. When you think of traditional self-care and ways of taking care of yourself, this is what normally comes to mind. Self-care as a Christian implies we think of our health as a gift. We should consider the health of our minds, bodies, and souls as a way to be a good steward of the blessings that God has given us. It can be easier to work towards the goal of maintaining our health.
Are there specific bible verses about self care?
While there may not be any bible verses that say specifically self-care, I would propose that the entire bible is about the best ways to care for yourself. It’s a manual for how to live life well and isn’t that really what self-care is about. The bible is all about wisdom for health; mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
We are called to renew our minds, guard our hearts, protect our bodies like they are temples, and then tend to our spirits. If this isn’t the baseline for self-care, I don’t know what is!
Caring for yourself is caring for others
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied that we should love the Lord with all our heart and love our neighbors as ourselves. This is often blindly quoted. But when we really break this down, we are being commanded to love our neighbors based on the way we love ourselves. Now, friend, what would it look like if you were to love your friends, family, neighbors the way you are currently loving yourself?
I know I would fail that test miserably.
I have been pouring from an almost empty cup.
It is exhausting!
As I have been more intentional about living life God’s way, I have done some research on what the bible says about self-care. The following scriptures give me direction.
What does the bible say about mental self-care?
Mental self-care is a huge component of any self-care routine. It involves managing how you think and feel and increasing the positive habits you have that benefit the way you think and feel. Mental health, however, is a tricky subject for many because our thoughts often wander towards labels that come from being mentally unhealthy.
Mental health scriptures often look like promises, affirmations, and declarations of your capabilities because of who God is. These scriptures also remind us to talk about our feelings.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2
This may be one of the most well known scripture that also talks about the health of your mind. We are called to a life of renewing our minds, breaking the destructive mindsets, and focused on the word of God.
For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
Power, Love, and self-control. These are the things God gave us in exchange for our fear. This is what you have instead of the fear that may paralyze you. Or maybe the fear just keeps you from speaking to professional help. Or maybe the fear keeps you from simply asking for help. We do not have to do this world alone, and we do not have to live with the stress.
We can find the motivation it takes to take care of our health. Taking care of ourselves is not selfish!
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
This next verse on our list of bible verses about taking care of yourself is a can to arms in my opinion. It is a battle cry and a verse of strength. It is our reminder that nothing is too hard when we have God on our side. It tells us that we have a strength that covers all. It also is telling us that we have to connect to tap into that strength.
Some additional bible verses about taking care of yourself mentally include the following.
- Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34
- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, it there is any excellence, it there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
- For to set the mind on flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
- You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
What does the bible say about taking care of your physical body?
In general we understand that physical self-care means diet, exercise, and sleep. But more often than not, we tend to live a life that says we value the opposite. Busy schedules and poor time management leads us to fast food, late hours, and sedative living.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”Mark 6:31
Did you know that rest was self-care? So often we neglect our physical body because maybe we feel it is vain or selfish, but there are so many bible verses about taking care of your body! Many of these verses speak to the importance of rest in your physical health! In the scripture above Jesus is encouraging his disciples to care for their physical health by resting! (So take a nap if you need too)
In addition to speaking about rest, there are many scriptures about a healthy body! These can help encourage you to build schedules and routines for a healthier you. I’ve found it easier to follow a routine when a have a scripture to remind me of why I am choosing health. Here are a few additional scriptures on taking care of your body to use as encouragement.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When we care for our bodies and make an intentional effort to take care of our health, we are caring for the temple that houses the holy spirit! We are honoring the blessing of health and the body that God gives us to do his will!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
This bible verse about taking care of our body can help us with our choices. Eating healthy and making sound decisions when it comes to our health should always be done with the filter of glory to God. When we care well for our health and honor God by honoring our body we are practicing self-care as well as showing the world what we value.
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:17
While this verse sounds more like a warning, it is one that helps steer us back to a place of God honoring health. Our body is a temple, so taking the time to take care of yourself isn’t selfish. It is an order and command of the creator of the Universe.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:18
So many times when we feel the extreme emotions of this world we may be driven to excess. Excess food. Excess lethargy. Excess drinks. We do these things in an effort to numb the feelings we may feel about what is going on around us. The consequence of this however is the toll it takes on our bodies!
- I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
- For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church Ephesians 5:29
What does the bible say about emotional self care?
Emotional self-care is all about identifying your emotions, expressing them, and having techniques to cope. The bible is our manual for daily living and its full of coping mechanisms.
Our emotions can fool us. God wants us to bring our emotions to him. He wants us to be able to put those emotions up to the truth of his word and shine light on the deceit that often comes with the emotions we feel.
This next set of bible verses about taking care of yourself all speak to the emotions and our emotional health. They should encourage you to take stock of your emotions and direct them to the father in prayer or towards trusted Christian counselors should you need it.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
If you have ever found yourself minimizing your emotions, or feeling as if they are too much to handle, this scripture about self care should be a huge encouragement for you! God knows that emotions can be hard to deal with. He knows that they can make you feel crushed. Emotions are hard. But our God is greater!
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30
Envy is another emotion that can steal your joy and keep you from experiencing the fullness of all that god has for you! Emotional health and taking care of it means exposing all of the emotions you feel, even the fringe ones and exposing it to the light of God’s word. Rooting it out and experiencing the freedom that comes from standing on the word of God and seeing it work in action is a crucial part of emotional self-care.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Doubt and fear are two emotions that can rob us of our fruitfulness and keep us from stewarding our health well. But this bible verse about taking care of yourself reminds you that God is with you so doubt and fear have no place in our lives.
- Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
- Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
What does the bible say about spiritual self care?
When I think of spiritual self-care, I think of things that help to grow our faith. I think of the core scriptures that make up our beliefs and encourage us to persevere! This is spiritual self-care, and while I have listed it last, it is by far the most important self-care you can focus on and the one from which all the others will spring forward.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God loves you. He loves you so much that he sent his one and only son for you to live abundantly and eternally! So why would we believe that in this life he wants us to live run down. We are his workmanship. We are his light. We are his mirror and showing the world what it looks like to serve the one true God. We shouldnt look like what we have been through, we should look like heirs of the king of the heavens. Caring for ourselves and embracing the blessing of life he has given us shows the world what God Love looks like in action.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:16
This verse about self-care reminds us again that our body isn’t just flesh and bones. It is a temple of the Creator of the universe. It is where the Lord’s spirit resides. Taking care of our health and stewarding the health blessings God has given us honors this truth
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
This bible verse about taking care of yourself reminds us that even on our best days we will still need God and he will provide. He will keep us and strengthen us where our ability ends. He is our source and our strength.
- But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen 2 Peter 3:18
- But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
How do you put Christian self-care into practice?
Once you know what bible verses talk about self-care, you can do better. With a better understanding of what God wants for us, we can begin putting these better self-care practices to work.
God desires for us to serve. He calls us to good works and and to bring glory to him! He desires that we come along side him and participate in the miracles he is working everyday. We are called to be his hands and feet on this earth. He also desires us to have a rhythm of work and rest. His word encourages us to take care of ourselves as well as taking care of others.
These bible verses about self-care are encouraging words from God to remind you that he desires you to be your best self. Being your best requires you to take time for yourself and you should not feel guilty about that!
You can use these scriptures for your personal bible study time!
- Journal them
- Memorize them
- Write them out on note cards
- Pray through them
Keeping these words of God in the forefront of your mind is key to creating a mindset that makes self-care a priority!
How are you planning to make self-care a priority in your life?