In conversations about wellness, you may have seen “self-care” pop up. We believe self-care is crucial to whole-self wellness and lifelong vitality — but what we don’t talk about when we talk about self-care is the underlying value that makes it possible.
First Things First: What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is anything you do deliberately to feed your own personal mental, emotional and physical well-being. Self-care could be anything from a yoga class, a 10-minute meditation, an hour spent reading alone in a cozy spot, a massage, and much, much more. We do so many things for others: working, parenting, and being a good partner, friend and child. Self-care is meant to refuel and replenish your body, mind and spirit. If you don’t take enough care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.
The Foundation of Self-Care: Deservedness
The concept of deservedness is the underlying principle that powers self-care. In order to take care of yourself, you must first know and believe that you deserve attention from yourself and that you deserve to invest in yourself. It’s the idea that self-care is not something you earn by being productive or successful — it’s something each and every human inherently deserves.
In terms of self-care, deservedness is the tool that will help you create healthy, sustainable boundaries. Recognizing and respecting your limits will help you be a better person, parent, friend, coworker, manager, decision-maker and much, much more. Burning yourself out or allowing yourself to become overworked doesn’t help anyone — despite the messages about productivity “doing it all” that we’re sent from media and culture.
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