Self-care is any thing you do to take care of yourself. It doesn't need to be glamorous, elaborate or expensive. It serves the function of helping you stay well.
Your baseline self-care is the beautifully mundane, yet nourishing things like showering, brushing your teeth, drinking water, going outside, sleeping, breathing, eating regularly, doing the washing or seeing other humans. These things may be such engrained habits that they do not require conscious thought, but they do deserve recognition; they are little signs that we are taking care of ourselves.
Sometimes baseline self-care falls to the wayside, and we need gentle reminders or encouragement to do them. At times, the absence of baseline self-care is a sign that we're not travelling so well, and that we need a little more support.
In a world that pushes us to do more and be more, baseline self-care can be the reminder that less is more, and simple is enough.
What is your baseline?