Selfcare is not selfish

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Hello everyone

Happy Wednesday – I hope you are well.

Its mental health awareness week, so that’s what I’m talking about again today.

Putting yourself first, that is selfish; well some may traditionally tell you that. But I want to take this one from a different perspective. Your wellbeing and mental health are really important – it is not selfish to look after yourself.

Sometimes, the right thing to do is to put yourself first. Think of it this way – if you do not look after yourself, you are not going to be in the best position to care for others. That is not selfish.

Selfcare comes in many different forms. It could be the nutrition we need to survive or making sure we get sufficient sleep and rest. Your selfcare needs can also cover pretty much all areas of wellbeing. Having sufficient time to unwind, head space or time to just do things that bring us joy.

Its very difficult to give an overall definition of what selfcare looks like for an individual, we are all unique and have our own needs. Your self-care, and prioritising it is not selfish.

Sometimes, saying no is something you have to do. It’s a tricky skill to learn and needs practice. I’ll admit, I’ve wanted to write an article on ways to say no and techniques for over a year – and still I’ve not been able to get it to where I want it to be. I know I am getting more confident saying no – particularly at work. I view this as a very positive skills to possess. I am often reminded by a friend, you are only human, you can only do so much.

So, this short blog is really just a message to say your own self care is really important to all aspects of your wellbeing and health. It does matter, it is a priority, and it certainly is not selfish.

What will you do for your self care tonight?

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