It is said that self-care isn’t selfish. I am here to tell you, this statement is true. Self-care is not selfish. In fact, I will go as far as to say, it is the opposite of selfish. It is an unselfish act. It is a generous, charitable, loving and helpful act. When you take the time to consider the importance of caring for yourself and taking the time to put in the work that is needed, to give yourself and/or get yourself the care needed, you are also impacting others. How is this possible you may ask? Well, have you heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup”? That’s it, there is your answer. If you are not “full”, you are not at your optimum: the best level or state you can be, to perform and give, then, chances are you are on or almost on empty. What benefit is it to others, if you are “pouring” from this level? Self-care is not selfish.
Instead, it is taking the time to fill yourself up in order to be your best not only for yourself but others.
Self-care comes in many forms. To be and remain mentally healthy, it is important that self-care is practiced. Some ways this can be achieved in addition to going to therapy are:
Resting: sleep, do nothing, lounge around….
Recreation: things that are fun for you. Fun things might include reading, skiing, dancing, …
Retreating: taking time away from social media, from normal activities. It is different from withdrawing and isolating. It is not avoiding, instead it is taking time to breathe, to think about next steps, to recover.
to come back
Rested, Ready and Rejuvenated!