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self-care is not selfish; here’s why

October 29, 2022

self-care is not selfish; here’s why

There’s no denying that we are living in trying times. In the past few years, we’ve faced a global pandemic, economic turmoil, and various other challenges. And amid all this, there’s been an enormous push – especially from social media – to get involved and do more. And while it’s essential to get involved and do our part, it’s also important to remember to recharge so you can be there for the people who need you.

However,  it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that taking care of ourselves is somehow selfish. We live in a world that is constantly telling us to put others first, and it’s easy to believe that taking care of ourselves is somehow selfish.

But the truth is, self-care is not selfish.

In fact, it’s essential. Here’s why:

1. Self-care helps you cope with stress

When we’re under stress, it can be challenging to function. We may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, or eating. Taking care of yourself – whether taking a break from work, getting outside for a walk, or spending time with loved ones – can help you cope with stress and feel better.

2. Self-care is the only way we can take care of others

There’s a saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup. This essentially means that as humans, we have to take care of ourselves – physically, mentally, and spiritually – to take care of others.

3. Self-care boosts your immune system

When we’re stressed, our immune system can take a hit. But when we take care of ourselves – by getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and managing our stress – we can help boost our immune system. This is especially important when we’re more likely to get sick, like during cold and flu season.

4. Self-care helps you become more productive

It may seem counterintuitive, but self-care can help you be more productive. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do, take a step back and focus on taking care of yourself. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can do when feeling your best.

5. Self-care helps reduce your risk of health problems

We’re more likely to develop health problems when we don’t care for ourselves. But if we take steps to reduce our stress – through exercise, relaxation, and healthy eating – we can reduce our risk of developing health problems.


Self-care allows us to recharge and be ready to face the world again. It enables us to be our best selves and positively impact those around us. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed or guilty about not doing enough, remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish – it’s essential.


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