Is Self Care Selfish?

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Self care could be perceived as selfish. After all, it includes focusing on ourselves and doing things for ourselves.

Because the purpose of self care is to build and maintain our life force, which in turn supports self-sufficiency and generates extra energy that can be dedicated to supporting others, self care is actually not selfish at all.

As a reminder, in this blog, self care is defined as a set of intentional practices that we engage in to generate long-term physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy, in contrast to other activities we do to simply relax, have fun, and enjoy life. Although overlaps occur when a self care practice is especially enjoyable, their primary purpose is not immediate gratification.

Therefore, the more dedicated we are to taking care of others, be they loved ones or the whole community, the more solid our self care regimen must be. We serve others from an overflowing cup, not from an empty tank.