Perhaps the biggest thing to get in the way of self-care though is the nagging feeling we’re not supposed to be spending so much time on ourselves. After all, isn’t it pretty self-centered to be worrying about yourself?
Not so. Writer and activist Parker Palmer perhaps put it best:
Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.
In short, only when we’re truly at our best do we have the ability to give to those around us. Our best work is made possible by good health and a keen intellect. It’s here where we do our best work. There isn’t a responsibility in the world that can be met if you don’t have the health and ability to do the work.
Still struggling with the idea of self-care? Then consider this last very important point. Self-care is what keeps you around to make sure you get stuff done. Without self-care, our work suffers. So do we. Without proper self-care it can be argued you’re taking years off your life.
Maybe self-care doesn’t quite sound so selfish anymore when put in those terms.