I feel like so many people consider self-care something they should feel guilty about. But, in reality, a lot of things I think most people think of as “self-care” are things we should never feel guilty for doing. I really want to dive into the self-care things that should not be considered self-care, at least in my opinion.
9 “Self-Care” Things that SHOULD NOT Be Considered Self-Care
- Exercise: Exercise is so very important. For me, it’s a huge mental escape that I need daily. Even if it’s simple like a walk or a 10-15 minute yoga or barre workout. Just something!
- Sleep: Why do we ever apologize for needing sleep. Sleep is important to your overall health. So many things go wrong when we don’t have enough sleep. I will never agree that sleep is self-care.
- Meditation: Some may argue that this should be considered self-care but I feel as though meditation is good for your mental health. Your mental health is super important and meditation helps so much with anxiety and it helps me sleep better.
- Skin Care: OK maybe a little more self-care BUT hear me out. Your skin needs to be healthy and taking care of your skin is important. Washing your face, applying sunscreen so you don’t get skin cancer, etc. So really, it’s not self-care. It’s health.
- Eating well: Again, taking care of your body and eating right is NOT self-care it’s important to keep you going. Eating good, clean, whole foods is vital.
- Spending time with loved ones: Emotional health is a huge part of overall health. It’s really important to keep these relationships going even during these times. Actually, especially during these times! Thank goodness for technology!
- Taking time for yourself: Your mental health as I’ve said is important. You are a better wife, mom, partner, co-worker, friend, etc when you take time for yourself. Even if it’s 30 minutes. For me, I take a walk either by myself or with a friend (socially distanced) each morning before my kids are up for the day. This helps me get in some me time and also exercise.
- Focusing on mental health: If you are feeling down and depressed you need to do something about it. I have been on antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds for several years and it helps so much. I also talk to a counselor when I need to (not all the time just sometimes).
- Reading: Exercising your brain even if it’s reading random articles online and not books it’s important. Plus, I love the escape personally.
How do you feel about the term “self-care?” Do you feel like people call certain things self-care that should not be considered self-care? Let me know below!