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Selfish for Caring About Yourself?

You deserve it. You sometimes yearn for it. It seems impossible with everything going on right now. Keep reading to understand why self care look different for everyone and why it matters more now than ever.

 

For starters, there's nothing wrong with wanting to take care of yourself emotionally, physically, or mentally. 2020 has taught us that even in the midst of caring for others, you can't forget yourself.


How can you possibly be there for your friends, parents, children, or spouse if you're not at your best? I've always believed that being the best version of myself helps me give the best of myself to others.


  1. Start by dedicating an hour each day to yourself.: whatever you want to do with your hour, do it. Take care of your kids, take care of your man, and take care of yourself. If that means binge-watching your favorite show, watching TikToks, going to your favorite store, or just taking a nap, do it! This year, keep yourself a priority. You'll be a better parent, provider, caregiver, person, daughter, sister, and person.

  2. Lone Wolf: In 2020, we got all the alone time we wanted. No working, no places to go, just stay home all day every day. Even though you may have started a business, you might've come to that idea in the midst of being in your own thoughts while laying in bed. You had more than enough alone time. In those moments, you got to take a close look at yourself because you didn't have time to do anything else. It's hard to get back into a habit of communication but for starters reach out to people you haven't spoken to in a while. Making an effort to get interaction with everyone is a start.

Self-care is for sanity. As an introvert, I really need time away from people. Even if people don’t understand why this is so, I still have to do it because it’s the only way to keep me sane.

Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s essential. It’s survival. Introverts need the downtime to recharge. Moms need time away from their kids to do what they love. Everyone needs some “me” time and it varies from person to person. Take as much time as you need to find balance in yourself.

It’s your time anyway. If someone tried to make you feel guilty about how you spend your time or demand your time, know that their egos are looking out for their own needs. You aren’t the selfish one here. You cannot take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.

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