So let’s debunk a myth here.
Self-care is not selfish.
In fact, it’s not selfish at all and yet that is how you will so often perceive it.
But you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Taking care of yourself is an important part of maintaining a healthy and balanced life.
Quite often when people come to me for coaching around work-life balance they don’t include themselves in the equation.
It’s like they say on airplanes – you must put on your own oxygen mask before you can assist others.
In other words, you need to take care of yourself first to be able to take care of others effectively.
Think about it. When you’re constantly running on empty, stressed out, and exhausted, you’re not really helping anyone at all, least of all yourself. You become less productive, more irritable, and your overall well-being suffers.
On the other hand, when you prioritize self-care and make time for activities that rejuvenate and recharge you, you’re able to show up as your best self in all areas of your life.
Take a moment right now and just think about that. If you’ve worked with me, we may have done this as a visualisation.
Think about a good and or bad situation that you have been in. Conjure up: what was going on, the environment, who was there, what was being said, how you felt, what could you see, feel, etc.
What would you do differently next time?
Self-care isn’t just about bubble baths and spa days a round of golf, a red-letter experience day (although those can be fantastic!).
It’s about tuning in to your needs and taking action to meet them. It could be as simple as taking a walk in nature, reading a good book, practicing meditation or mindfulness, or spending quality time with loved ones.
It’s about finding what works for you and making it a priority.
When you practice self-care, you’re essentially saying, “Hey, I matter, and my well-being is important.”
And guess what? It is!
Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish; it’s an act of self-respect.
Coaching creates a space that is all about you, and what you want.
It takes as long as it takes. Some days you will take big strides and other days tiny steps.
But you are putting your mask on first.
Taking time to say ‘I matter.’
When you’re in a good place mentally, emotionally, and physically, you’re better equipped to support others and contribute positively to your relationships and community.
So, let go of any guilt or hesitation when it comes to self-care.
Embrace it as an essential part of your life.
After all, when you take care of yourself, you’re not only benefiting yourself, but you’re also creating a positive ripple effect that extends to those around you.
When you are ready to begin living the life that you want, on your terms, then get in touch.