Make the Connection: Selfish and Self-Care

A few months ago, my husband received an advanced cancer diagnosis; just one call turned our lives upside down.  The next morning, we awoke to a gray sky and rain.  Usually, when I go for my daily walk or run, I take our dog (Mabel) along with me.  However, that day, I knew I needed to exercise, but also, to process everything I was thinking and feeling.  I also didn’t want to have to give her a bath – after getting muddy on a rainy-day-run.  Therefore, I decided to leave her at home.

As I began my run, I saw her sitting at the window, looking sad about having been left behind.  In that moment, denying her needs so that I could take care of my own felt selfish.

And there’s the connection…self-care can feel selfish.  However, before abandoning my own needs, I took this one simple step: I considered my feelings, but also, the facts.

The fact was Mabel would be fine not to run that morning, as she would have other chances for exercise throughout the day.  The fact was that I didn’t have time to give her a bath before my first appointment of the day, and I desperately needed some time in which to think, and pray – without interruptions.

When contemplating acts of self-care, think about treating yourself like a good friend.  To do so can mean saying no – to someone or something else (even your pets) so you can say  yes to taking care of yourself.

Your relationship with yourself is the foundation for all your other relationships.  A great way to nurture that relationship is to make self-care part of your everyday routine.

Ultimately, the only person who needs to approve of your self-care is YOU.  Now go take care of yourself. J

-Alicia

Founder and Director of “Wholehearted Living,” Author, Speaker and Certified Heart Coach

 

Alicia Economos

About Alicia Economos

Alicia is a warm and enthusiastic "people-magnet." She's the founder and director of Wholehearted Living, a certified heart coach and dynamic speaker. She's also the author of five books and has been deemed "the queen of hearts."

Alicia is a dedicated professional who's passionate about helping women to live wholeheartedly – loving God, themselves and others with All their heart. She enjoys spending time with her robust and fun "big Greek family" running, practicing yoga, and creating new materials and opportunities for Wholehearted Living Ministries.

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