Lesson 4 – #23 Lessons

This next lesson has been one that has taken a long time for me to really come to. I think many of us struggle with this one, as our society and those around us often doesn’t encourage it. However, I think that it is incredibly important to be able to take the time you need and not feel guilty for it.

Self Care Is NOT Selfish

Self care has really been having its moment lately, and for good reason. There are tons of articles, podcasts, and so on about self care, why it’s important, and what it is.

In my opinion self care is any act, activity, or need that someone has to fulfill in order to develop and nurture their best self. This may seem like a vague description, but because everyone is different everyone’s needs are different. For example, some of my needs are taking time to myself when I have been in an overwhelming situation, to nightly take time to decompress and relax, to read, to spend time outside, and to write. For someone else their needs might be to work out 3 times a week, or get a mani/pedi, or go out to eat, or nap during the day.

Why is it important to do these things? Well, because they allow you to recharge, rest, and keep yourself from being overwhelmed or pushing yourself too far. Honestly, I think that a lot of people push themselves way too much these days. Everyone is rushing and on the go. We all have obligations, responsibilities, and so on, which is completely understandable, but it is also important to take care of yourself. It’s kind of like the idea that if you are on a crashing plane (which I hope no one is ever experiencing) you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you can help anyone else.

As my metaphor will hopefully get across is that self-care is incredibly important. If you are completely depleted of all your energy and drive you won’t be able to provide for others or complete any of your obligations. The moral of this story? Take care of yourself. Find that thing (or things) that calm you down, recharge your batteries, make you feel refreshed and ready to take on another day.

So remember, Self-care is NOT selfish.



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