I think for many of us, the concept of self-care is intimidating. The intimidation isn’t so much a reflection of self-care itself, but rather, a mimicry of our own insecurities involved with taking the time to address our own mental and physical needs.
Self-care is not a practice that requires us to be selfish, however. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. Self-care consists of practices and initiatives to better ourselves in whatever way necessary, and prioritizing our own health is one of the best ways to remain proactive when it comes to our well-being.
When we have a friend or family member that is faced with health challenges, we’re present in their lives to show them our support. We encourage them to better themselves and abide by specific practices to improve their health, and we think nothing of it.
When it comes to our own health, though, the support we tend to show others can be lacking. And I find this problematic.
The importance of self-care made itself clear to me while watching Queer Eye. One of the fab five members, Jonathan, consistently emphasizes the need for us to take care of ourselves to ensure we’re feeling our best. He stresses that self-care is not selfish, and I think his message is one we could all tremendously benefit from.
If you’re feeling a little under the weather, try pinpointing what may be causing you to feel out of sorts. Go for a massage. Get a haircut. Book a physical. Consult a personal trainer. Whatever it is in your life that could use some extra attention, be sure to take the time to cater to those needs.
Self-care is synonymous with self-love, and when we prioritize both, it’s difficult to feel crappy.