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Self-Care is not Selfish

Health & Wellbeing

You might have noticed that self-care is considered a negative or selfish thing by much of society. You might even feel a little resistance while trying to take care of yourself more. The society we live in is based on working hard and helping others before you can help yourself. Self-care is more of a reward for working hard than something that is vital to your health. That simply is not true, self-care isn't selfish. Self-care benefits you and everyone else around you. It is important to ensure that we are taking care of ourselves before we head into the holiday season.

Your Oxygen First

You might have heard this before, but it’s a great example and needs repeating. When you get on a plane, one of the first things they tell you to do is to put your oxygen mask on before you assist others in the event of an incident. Not because it's selfish but because it's logical. If you can’t breathe, you won't be able to help others around you. So, ultimately both you and the person needing your help are out of luck all because you put them before yourself.

Translated to Your Life

This same scenario can transfer to your daily lives. If you are burned-out or unhappy, you won't benefit the people around you. Your work will suffer and you may be snappy and disengaged.  By putting yourself first, you can quickly change your productivity and relationships with colleagues, friends, and family. Everyone benefits in the end if they can get to their oxygen masks easily.

You’ll Know You Better

A good self-care routine also allows you to discover yourself more fully. Knowing what you enjoy and what makes you happy, or how you’re understating your passion and purpose in life benefits the people around you too. These people get to experience the best you that there is. The relaxed and highly self-confident and powerful person you are. Less negativity and resentment towards others allows for stronger and more meaningful relationships to flourish.

Don’t Stop

There may be a few people in your life who will see your self-care as selfish but don't let them stop you. Instead, educate them or remove them from your life if that’s possible. Maybe they are just as overwhelmed as you are but don't understand the importance of self-care. More than likely they will agree with you and even add it to their schedule.  If they don't understand it, there is no point in stressing about what they say. Don't let them stop you from taking care of yourself. Your health and happiness are your most precious possessions.

Breathing well supports our physical wellbeing and our mental health and wellbeing. Try this Two Minute Relaxation as you head into the holiday season.

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