What We Can Learn About Healing and Recovery from The Stoic Philosophers – Daily Self-Care

The philosophy Stoicism flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world from 300 BCE until the 3rd century AD. According to Wikipedia, “the Stoics believed that the practice of virtue is enough to achieve eudaimonia: a well-lived life.  The Stoics identified the path to achieving it with a life spent practicing the four virtues in everyday life: wisdom, courage, temperance or moderation, and justice, and living in accordance with nature.”

How does one put these principles into practice on a daily basis?  It is generally agreed that taking care of one’s self (self-care) is the way to achieve a well-lived life and all the attendant benefits that come with it.

Here is a list of 10 Stoic Daily Practices:

  1. Wake early
  2. Take a walk
  3. Journal regularly
  4. Do inherent work
  5. Eat well
  6. Read
  7. Get active – find flow/be in the zone
  8. Seek some joy and happiness
  9. Act with wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation (the 4 Stoic principles)
  10. Think about death – memento mori – remember you must die someday, so live today!

Our physical health, mental health, and quality of life affect how we think, feel, and act.  Though many things in our worlds are not within our sphere of influence, taking care of ourselves is within our control.  Plus, taking control over these daily actions can build both self-efficacy and self-confidence.

Let’s get started today!

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