Do you find that the idea of caring for yourself first rarely enters your mind? Or perhaps you hear the voice that says others will think you are selfish or uncaring if you take care of yourself first!
It’s amazing how simply thinking about caring for ourselves can bring up so many uncomfortable feelings of guilt, shame or being judged, to name but a few.
Many of us have been brought up to believe that self care is selfish and that:
- It is our role, or duty, to care for others and that we have to make sure others’ needs are met first.
- We should sacrifice our needs for the sake of others because others deserve our care more than we do.
- Self-care is an occasional treat, when everyone else has been taken care of.
Is it worth considering?
Maybe, the truth of self-care is the opposite of what we have been raised to believe – that it is not an indulgence?
It is actually selfish not to self care, and that by caring for ourselves we are much more able to care for others?
If we choose the path of true self care we will find out just how tender, gentle and precious we innately are – a true honouring of being a Man or a Woman?
That there is a relationship between self-care, health and wellbeing?
We invite your comments to start this conversation on:
Is it selfish to care for yourself?
Share with us just how your upbringing has influenced how you have or have not cared for yourself over the years. Have you considered that there are new choices that we can make to bring more self care into our lives?
Let the conversation begin . . .