Is Self-care SELFISH?

I have a complicated history with the word SELF and I think it's because the emphasis is on self that transitions to SELFISH.

 

As a female in my generation and heritage, I was taught from an early age to put others before myself, to nurture and care for others, but to minimize what I needed or felt.

 

“Selfish” was a nasty label to put on anyone, and especially to be avoided as a woman.

 

As I matured, I had to unlearn a lot of the teachings of my earlier life. I have come to realize how critically important it is to take care of myself.

 

In fact, self-care is the opposite of being selfish because when I am at my absolute best, at the peak of my performance levels, I can do so much more for others.

 

Self-care is not one single area of focus, it is a balancing act of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual care.

 

Self-care might be scheduling a facial or investing in getting my hair done.

 

Self-care might be hiring a coach,...

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