Why It's Okay to be 'Selfish'

Why is self-care so important.

The only common denominator in all that goes on in your life is...YOU. This means at work, at school, on your sports team, with friends, with family, and so on, if you aren’t feeling good on the inside, whether you think you have control of it or not, it’s going to make an impact on the outside.

This is why self care and a holistic approach to health is so so SO important.

We can not stress this enough.

We need to change the way we view the word “selfish” in the self care scenarios. Putting yourself before others is not a bad thing, especially when it comes to your health.  In fact, this should be applauded. 

Imagine this. You take the time to do the things that make YOU glow from the inside out. Read, workout, journal, nature, yoga, eat healthy, be outside, be in your room, anything! You will be able to do whatever you do, even better. You will feel better, interact better, perform better, think better, communicate better, listen better...everything. 

This concept seems simple but it is easier said than done. Self-care is done and planned with intention. Don’t be afraid to set aside you time and sternly stick to it. Even if this means turning down plans with friends. 

According to Psychology Today, “the external environment can create barriers and obstacles to accessing the subconscious mind, as well as making it more difficult to turn off your mind and actively benefit from self-care strategies. However, in times like these, it’s more important than ever to set aside time to cultivate mindful awareness and to take care of yourself. 

Remember that your ability to tend to your own mental health and to ask for assistance when needed can be a great asset – helping you to improve your performance and deal with the hurdles that your external environment might throw your way. Never hesitate to use the available resources at your disposal to ensure your mind, body and spirit continue functioning optimally.

RISE Blog Contributor

Jess Rochealeu