WHOLE?

When I say WHOLE Self-Care, I tend to get some type of response to stress that self-care is about the whole person therefore adding whole isn't necessary. Although, that may be true, we don't typically target all areas when practicing self-care. To me self care consists of Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical health yet we may focus on only two of the four areas, leaving room for unhealthy thoughts, feelings &/or habits to become illnesses.

In Ephesians 6:11,13, Paul tells us to put on the WHOLE armor of God, twice. I don't know about you, but to me specifying whole pushes me to observe if I have actually put on all of the armor or just some of it. If you're not sure what the WHOLE armor of God consists of, I encourage you to study them in depth, but for now let me help you out. Ephesians 6:14-18 states the the whole armor of God is:

  1. Having girded your waist with truth (v14)
  2. Having put on the breastplate of righteousness (v14)
  3. Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (v15)
  4. Taking the shield of faith (v16)
  5. Taking the helmet of salvation (v17)
  6. Take the sword of the Spirit (v17)
  7. Pray always (v18) 

If I can be honest, just like with self-care, I put on the armor of God in parts, leaving me open to be wounded and fall for the attacks of the enemy.

WHOLE isn't placed before self-care or armor of God to be redundant but to bring attention to the importance of taking care of and covering yourself fully, completely, as a WHOLE being.

Anesha Brown-Morris