We all know the merits and far-reaching benefits of investing time and energy into caring for ourselves. Self-care helps us:
1. Remember who we are/connect to ourselves 2. Boost our immunity 3. Feel happier 4. Be more productive 5. Cultivate self-compassion 6. Take better care of others 7. Relieve stress 8. Reflect and regroup 9. Feel more energetic 10. Improve overall well-being
All amazing things, right? And bonus: mindfulness experts have suggested that even 10 minutes of self-care a day can make an impact. So why, then, do so many of us struggle to do it? According to Psychology Today, time is part of it. But self-compassion (or should we say, lack of it) is actually the major culprit.
Many people consider self-care to be an indulgence (think of the oft-used phrase “indulging in self-care”), an act of selfishness—narcissistic even. In truth, we don’t consider ourselves worthy of the time or effort. But the beaten-to-death airplane mask analogy is a cold, hard truth. We cannot care well for anyone in our lives if we don’t first tend to ourselves.
We must show ourselves the same level of love, acceptance, kindness, and compassion we would show a loved one. Giving ourselves some TLC doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, or time-consuming! For other helpful self-care resources, check out these blogs (coming soon!):
• 60 Healthy Self-Care Ideas • 13 Self-Care Habits You Can Do In 10 Minutes Or Less • Our Top 10 Self-Care Products • How to Cultivate Self-Compassion & Empathy • How to Master the Art of Forgiveness • Why Self-Pleasure Is a Critical Form of Self-Care • 7 Types of Self-Care to Know