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#1: You Don’t Need Self Care
One thing I hear a lot from people about self care is that they don’t need it. They think it’s stupid or a waste of time, or only for people who have been through exceptionally traumatic experiences.
None of those things are true. The truth is that taking the time to care for yourself is a super important part of personal wellness of practicing the many facets of it will improve your overall well being. Self care won’t solve all of your problems or magically cure your ailments, but you will feel better about yourself and likely make some real progress towards your personal goals.
#2: It Takes Up Too Much Time
Self care doesn’t have to take up a ton of time at all! It can be as simple as taking a few moments to clear your mind of whatever nasty, crazy stuff is floating around up there and thinking about all of the good things you have going for you.
In fact, one of the categories is Social Self Care, which places emphasis on nurturing relationships of all kinds in a healthy way. Prioritizing spending quality time with loved ones is a type of self care, and you’re likely already doing that!
#3: It’s Expensive
Sure, it can be expensive. But it definitely does not have to be. I’m all for going on Groupon to get a massage, but one of my favorite activities involves sitting down with a cup of my favorite tea and reading eBooks from the library.
#4: It’s Just About Adult Coloring Books
While adult coloring books can be used, and are even encouraged by some, there are so many other activities that fall within the different categories that can increase your personal wellness in different ways.
Some examples include:
- Creative Outlets (Art, writing, music, etc.)
- Physical Exercise
- Mindful Eating
- Spending Time with Loved Ones
- Self Reflection
- Personal Development
And that’s not an all-inclusive list!
#5: Self Care is Selfish
Self care is NOT selfish. We spend so much of our lives putting others first, whether it’s our spouses, kids, coworkers, or bosses. Taking time to care for yourself lets you recharge, rejuvenate, and be able to take on all of your responsibilities without running yourself dry. If anything, taking care of yourself lets you perform better for the people you care about – and that’s the opposite of selfish.