Self care is SO important. Unfortunately, there are so many self care myths that have convinced us that it’s not that important, or that there are reasons we shouldn’t be doing it.
I don’t know about you, but I definitely find that the times I’m struggling personally or going through a hectic, stressful time are when I MOST need self care. When I’ve been making sure to make time for self care, it makes those rough times SO much easier.
But when I’m not making time for self care, I usually get a wake-up call when I completely hit burn out. And that’s really freaking hard to bounce back from.
Next time, make time for self care right away before burn out creeps up on you. Don’t let any of these myths stop you from doing self care!
SELF CARE MYTHS TO STOP BELIEVING
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I don’t know where this idea came from that self care is selfish, but it has GOT to go. Plain and simple, you can’t take care of anyone else until you’ve taken care of yourself.
When you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your friends and family. When you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your work. When you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your home.
Self care is the FUEL that allows us to do everything else! So seriously, it’s time to STOP believing the myth that self care is selfish.
Self Care is Expensive
People definitely tend to think about self care as an expensive activity. They picture pampering themselves with spa days and personal care products or vacations and weekend getaways. In reality, self care doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can be TOTALLY free. Here is a list of self care activities that are free:
- Learning Something New
- Going For a Long Walk
- Meditating or Doing Yoga
- Spending Time With a Friend
- Reading a Book
- Going to Bed Early
Self Care is Relaxing
Many of us probably have the mental image of self care being about spa days, bubble baths, and scented candles. And while those things CAN be self care, they are definitely not ALL of self care.
Not all self care is relaxing. Not all self care is fun at the time. Self care is about taking care of yourself, regardless of whether it’s fun.
Self care is taking care of your body by exercising and eating healthy. Self care is getting your financial life in order, even if that means taking on extra work or cutting back on some of the fun things you spend money on.
Yes, some self care is relaxing. But ultimately self care is about taking care of your whole self, and it’s NOT always fun and relaxing.
Self Care is a Reward
Often times people (myself 100% included) tend to use self care as a reward. We tell ourselves, “If I accomplish X, then I’ll have a self care day.” This thinking is super damaging though!
First of all, we’re relying on the completion of something else before we take care of ourselves. What happens if you never actually finish that other task? Do you continue to neglect self care?
But perhaps the bigger reason this thinking makes NO sense is that self care is the fuel that helps us to get everything else done! By practicing self care regularly, you are WAY more likely to have the energy and the motivation to reach your other goals!
Self Care is Optional
Perhaps the most damaging myth about self care is that it’s optional. It’s usually the first thing to get cut from the to-do list when we’ve got too much on our plates.
But what we fail to realize is that when we’re busy and stressed is precisely when we need self care MOST.
Stop thinking that taking care of yourself is optional. It’s not. If you fail to take care of yourself, you are absolutely going to get burnt out.
BEFORE YOU GO
I guarantee you’ve heard at LEAST one (probably more) of these self care myths before, and unfortunately, you’ve probably also believed at least one of them. At the end of the day, you can’t properly care for anything or anyone else in your life unless YOU are properly cared for! I hope you will remember that!
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