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.)
Writing in a gratitude journal
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.