Self-care is simple – take care of yourself. For many, that’s probably where ‘simple’ ends. We – and women in particular – are hardwired to take care of everyone. Listening to my girlfriends, I always hear that they want to help. And so many of us end up taking care of everyone but ourselves. This is why self-care is such a buzzword. We need to remember to take care of ourselves as well as others.
What is self-care?
Self-care means looking after our health, listening to our bodies, making sure we get enough sleep, eat well and exercise regularly. It also means taking care of our love relationships (including family and friends) and doing things that increase our energy. I think it also means that we have space to be playful and have fun.
Contrary to some opinions, self-care does not mean being selfish. It does not even mean putting ourselves first. It just means that we need enough space to take care of ourselves. And I hate to break it to you – self-care is not having a glass of wine every night. In general, self-care shouldn’t be associated with alcohol or chocolate. You can consume them, but they are not self-care.
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