Is Self-Care Selfish?

Is Self-Care Selfish?

Self-care is not selfish or self-centered.  Self-care starts from the inside out.  It means taking care of oneself mentally, physically, and spiritually.  It is impossible to take care of only one part of ourselves, while letting other parts go.  Often, we become so focused on the needs of others that we forget we are no good to our families and loved ones, when we fail to engage in self-care.  If all we worry about is our external appearance, it is important to remember that beauty is only skin-deep.  Similarly, if we take care of the mind and spirit, but avoid the body, we place our physical self in jeopardy.  In order to ensure that our body is a well-maintained, efficiently running machine, we have to care for every aspect of ourselves.

Have you ever said to yourself, “I just don’t have time, I am too busy, there is no way I can create a routine to care for myself, I have other responsibilities”?  If so, that needs to stop today.  It does not mean that you ignore your obligations, but you do need to set aside time for yourself.  How do you do that with all of the nagging demands and commitments?  It is easier than you think, set aside at least one hour, sit alone and quietly think about all of the things you would like to do to take care of yourself; create your “pamper me wish list”.  When assessing your responsibilities, be honest, and decide how much time you can realistically make each week to take care of yourself.  You can breakdown that time by the day.  For example, if your wish list includes exercise, diet, prayer/meditation/spiritual wellness, skincare, hair, and nails; you can decide how to break up your time each day.

If you can only find one hour a day, how do you fit it all into your schedule.  Consider just how much time you need to complete each identified activity, also determine the frequency that is required for the activity.  That means if you want to exercise each day, you may be able to find great 20-minute routines for cardio and core and maybe make the decision to exercise five (5) days a week versus seven (7), 30 minutes one (1) day for a full facial, 10 minutes in the morning and evening for general skincare, an hour a week for nails, as well as a day for overall hair maintenance and possibly a weekly meal menu.

The hardest part is taking the first step – setting up your program and reduce it to writing after you brainstorm your wish list.  Now, it is time to make a commitment to yourself, what can be easier than that – not breaking a promise to you?  Take time for you, invest in self-care as a priceless gift to yourself and to your loved ones.  The more refreshed you are, the better you feel, the happier and more satisfied everyone around you will be so…

Engage in self-care and luxuriate in the best natural skincare products on the market.  Incorporate Shay Butter Babie into your self-care routine.  Go ahead, treat yourself, selfcare is not selfish, it is self-preservation.

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