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:
- Having girded your waist with truth (v14)
- Having put on the breastplate of righteousness (v14)
- Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (v15)
- Taking the shield of faith (v16)
- Taking the helmet of salvation (v17)
- Take the sword of the Spirit (v17)
- 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.