Is Self-Care Selfish?

STOP beating yourself up for taking time for yourself!

I talk to many women in my role as a health coach who tell me that they feel bad for taking time for their own self-care.

The word they usually use is guilty.

As if taking time to care for themselves takes time away from their family.

Please stop!

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Self-care is NOT self-indulgent and no one who truly loves you is going to begrudge you the time you need to take care of yourself.

Let’s reframe this concept of self-care today to help you see that self-care is actually giving more of yourself to your family — not less.

The media tries to sell us the idea that self-care is shopping trips and pedicures.

I think those things are fine, but they should really be called pampering (which is also good to do once in a while).

Real self-care means doing the things that help you to be the best version of yourself day in and day out.

What is Self-Care?

So what things are self-care under this definition:

  • meal planning
  • exercise
  • sleep
  • meditation
  • journaling
  • talking with friends, family or a therapist
  • taking your supplements regularly
  • laughing
  • taking a shower or bath
  • reading a book
  • going to work

Basically, anything that fills your cup, helps you to be the best version of yourself, or helps you to be present with your family is self-care.

Time with your family isn’t just about being there physically, but also about being there emotionally and spiritually.

Doing the things that make you a better person is considered self-care — and hey if that’s getting your nails done every week, then go for it!

I’d love to invite you to join my Habit Masters Membership where we’ll work on building healthy habits by establishing a mindfulness practice, establishing healthy eating habits, and including movement daily.


Health Coach | Women’s Health Advocate | Mom | Beagle Lover — my mission is to empower women in mid-life to take control of their health naturally

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