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Self-Care Isn't Selfish: Why Taking Care of Yourself Is Essential for Giving Your Best to the World

Self-care has become a buzzword in recent years, but what does it really mean? Simply put, self-care is any activity that we do deliberately to take care of our physical, emotional, and mental health. It can range from basic needs like getting enough sleep and eating nourishing food, to more indulgent activities like going to a spa or taking a vacation.

However, despite the growing awareness of the importance of self-care, many of us still struggle to prioritize it. We may feel guilty for taking time for ourselves or worry that it's selfish to focus on our own needs. But in reality, self-care isn't selfish - it's necessary for giving our best to the world.

As Katie Reed, a writer and mother, put it: "Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you." When we neglect our own needs, we may be able to keep up with our responsibilities for a while, but eventually, we'll become depleted and burn out. We'll be giving the world only a fraction of what we're capable of.

On the other hand, when we prioritize self-care, we're not only taking care of ourselves - we're also investing in the people and causes that matter to us. When we're well-rested, energized, and focused, we can be more effective and creative in our work, more patient and present with our loved ones, and more engaged and compassionate members of our communities.

So if you've been putting off self-care, it's time to reframe your thinking. Don't see it as a luxury or an indulgence - see it as a necessity. You need yourself, and the world needs your best self. Here are some tips for making self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine:

  1. Meditate. This is to connect with your inner being and see the world through YOUR eyes. 15-20 minutes a day. Helpful videos: Transform Your Life With Meditation and Unlock Your Limitless Potential (guided meditation that I do every single day).

  2. Make a list of activities that nourish you and DO them. When I first started this activity, I used to write about all these beautiful things I thought WILL make me happy or are supposed to, and never really took time to experience them. And you know what! When I started taking myself seriously, I learned SO much about who I am and what ACTUALLY makes me nourished and happy. You will be surprised to find out how little things can make a huge difference in understanding what tickles you. I wish you super fun time in finding our what works for you!!!

  3. Tapping. Daily. Be present to your mental health. Be actively interested in feeling good. This is not a negotiable item (mental health, that is). Voice your feelings, learn about them, learn what they mean and start your every day with yourself as the most important priority on this planet. This video has two super quick tapping scripts you can use as a sample or as is: Self-Care.

  4. Use positive journaling often. Affirm everything that feels or felt good to you. Write about experiences, people, things you do appreciate in your life every day. This is an invaluable practice that if made a part of your daily routine will truly up-level your life!

  5. Care about how YOU feel. This is one of the biggest gifts you can give to yourself. Care about your happiness and stability before you jump into making everyone else feel good, important or valued; before you make it a full-time job to fix everything for everyone. Look to yourself. You need You.

  6. Smile. It's the beauty of things that are the simplest that will carry you to the highest picks!

Remember: every time you say yes to self-care, you're not only taking care of yourself, but you're also enriching the world around you. So go ahead and take that nap, meditate, get a better meal, spend time with your kids, go to a spa or a walk - whatever makes you feel whole and nourished. Your best self is what the world needs.

Helpful Resources:

🔗 4 Steps to Invincibility and to take control of your life:

🔗 Simple Guide To Creating The Life You Want:


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