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#SelfCare: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Self-care is the buzziest of buzzwords lately. Instagram is full of mani/pedis and bubblebaths all in the name of #selfcare. And, don’t get me wrong, those things CAN be self-care. It’s just that those insta-worthy examples are certainly not all-encompassing. Self-care looks different for every single person because, well, it’s for YOURself. Not what your mom needs, not what your spouse needs. You.


Which is why when we see #selfcare everywhere on the interwebs, it kind of gets a bad rap. It can appear like self-care is forever and only putting yourself above everyone else. Which is not AT ALL the original intention behind it.


Self-care is taking care of your own needs so that you can show up as your best self in all areas of your life.


Self-care isn’t selfish. Quite the contrary, it’s actually very selfless to give the best of yourself to someone else. And that’s only possible when you take care of yourself.



Let’s look at the oxygen mask example. If you’ve ever been on a plane and they’re going through the safety spiel before the plane takes off, they tell you that if you’re flying with small children and there’s a change in cabin pressure, “Place the mask on yourself FIRST and THEN help others around you.” You are NO GOOD to anyone if you haven’t taken care of yourself.


That example breaks down a bit because it’s talking about self-care (the mask) in an emergency. Self-care isn’t just meant for when the plane is going down and your life is in crisis. Self-care is one of the best preventatives out there to keep you from getting to the point of crisis. It also gives you margin when chaos does inevitably hit.