Self Care is NOT Selfish


Self Care… what does that mean really? It means taking care of YOURSELF physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I use to think that I didn’t have time for self care. When I became too tired and too sick to care for my family I realized I didn’t have time not to.

Self Care is not being selfish. You are ensuring you are at your best so you can be there for those you care about. That doesn’t sound very selfish to me. You can’t pour from an empty cup. If you don’t first take care of yourself you can’t properly take care of other people.

I use to think I didn’t have time for self care. I thought it was waaay more time consuming than it actually really is. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. By taking some time to ensure our cup is full we have more energy to put into the things we need to get done. Trust me we are way more efficient when we take care of ourselves.

As a mom of four I often joke that moms don’t get sick days. It is so true though. It’s not that we don’t get sick days it’s when we take them everything else gets backed up. I had the stomach bug for three days which meant I spent the whole weekend catching up when I wanted to just chill out.  We get sick days but we have to make up for them.

So let’s agree to toss the whole Self Care is selfish idea and be more conscious of how we can fit it into our life. In what ways can you take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally? This is about what works best for you and your lifestyle not anyone else’s.

Here are five tips to help you get in daily Self Care:

  1. Choose at least one thing you can do each day to take care of yourself in the four key areas: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  2. Plan out WHEN you will fit those things into your day. They do not have to be super time consuming.
  3. Be consistent. Don’t do it for two days then skip a week. Part of creating a habit is consistency.
  4. Track it. Track what you do each day to help you stay on track. You can sign up below for our handy Self Care checklist to help you out.
  5. Cut yourself some slack. It’s not a perfect system. You will have days you don’t get it all in. Trying and not giving up is key.

Self Care does not have to be difficult or time consuming. It’s all about filling up your cup. Things either give you energy, take away energy, or do a bit of both. Self Care is energy giving items. Yes I know exercise doesn’t seem energy giving at the time but it really is in the long run. The key is making Self Care a routine you do daily.

If you would like to hear more about Self Care you can check out my blog post 5 Pillars of Health.  Don’t forget to sign up below for my Self Care checklist. This super easy tool can help you track and stay on track with your daily Self Care practice.

I  would love to hear where you struggle with Self Care. Click comment and tell me about your struggles. Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!



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