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Is Self-Care Selfish?

RESOUNDINGLY NO! Self-care is the opposite of selfishness-it entails replenishing your emotional and spiritual bank account so that you can give from a place of overflow in your life and not depletion.

Self-care is a popular phrase in our culture right now; it involves you taking care of your physical health and well-being, this includes hygiene, nutrition, managing stressors, and seeking medical care if needed.

They are several cues your body and mind can give you as an alert for needed self-care those cues include:

  • Feelings of overwhelm

  • Irritability-your inner critic is loud!

  • Feelings of depletion

  • Struggling to make decisions in fear of letting others down

  • Everything feels like a problem and that the world is against you

When you feel these cues, don’t beat yourself up, listen to what your body is in need of and refuel.

Self-care looks different for each individual based on the phase of life they are in, but some helpful ways to re-center and care for yourself are:

  • Being Active (take a walk, bike ride, yoga or fitness class, etc.)

  • Meditation

  • Writing in a gratitude journal

  • Exploring nature

  • Getting a massage

  • Time Spent with family and friends

We want to encourage you to find a self-care routine that works best for you, do activities that you enjoy and that help refuel your inner being. Making a commitment to take care of yourself is not selfish, you will feel the difference as you practice self-care more in your life.

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