Many of us live in pedal-to-the-metal mode most of the time.
But everyone needs time to recharge. It’s not selfish to take time for yourself. In fact, self-care is a critical component of good physical and mental health. So how do you take your foot off the gas?
We’d like to think we can do it all (working moms, we’re looking at you). But it’s important be realistic and honest with yourself. Know your limits and when to reinforce the boundaries around your personal time.
The concept of self-care isn’t new, but the application of it in your everyday life may seem strange if it’s not part of your usual routine. It might even spark feelings of guilt.
But intentionally caring for one’s whole self is vital. This includes basics like sleep, hydration, exercise, meditation and good nutrition.
In episode 24, host Mark Gomez, MD, and his guests, Perry Cammisa, DC, and Kristine Warnes, APN, offer practical ways to add self-care to your busy schedule.
Myths vs. Facts
“Self-care is indulgent and selfish.” - Myth
You’ve got to care for the caregiver. It’s not indulgent, as everyone needs rest for our mind, our body, our soul.
“The effects of self-care are temporary.” - Myth
Practicing self-care on a regular basis can lead to a new habit that you continue in your daily life.
"Self-care is expensive.” - Myth
There are ways to relax and quiet your mind that don’t require money.
“Self-care must be earned.” - Myth
That’s the root of the guilty feeling we have when it comes to self-care. Self-care isn’t earned, it’s an important step toward better health.
“Self-care is just for women.” - Myth
There is a cliché that self-care is girly – getting a massage, a facial, going out for a shopping day. But we all need time to recharge and rest.
“Self-care takes too much time.” - Myth
Not if you’re just breathing! Spending two minutes focusing on breathing (with technology off) each day is self-care.
“Self-care is only for people with poor mental health.” - Myth
We all have stress in our lives and need that downtime.
“Self-care is doing anything that soothes you.” - Myth
Self-care is health and wellness. Drinking excess alcohol may soothe you, but it’s not caring for your body in a healthy manner.
“Self-care is the same for everyone.” - Myth
Everyone creates their preferred self-care routine.
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