The movement for self-care in our society has gained a lot of momentum over the last few years. While it’s great that more people are recognizing the importance of making time to do positive things for yourself, rising popularity has resulted in a lot of misconceptions about what self-care is and how it works.
Having a realistic understanding of what it truly means to take care of yourself is imperative for developing sustainable self-care methods. Let’s take a look at some of the most dangerous self-care myths and how they compare with reality.
1) Self-care is choosing yourself over others.
Too many people believe that making time for themselves is an act of selfishness that neglects their loved ones. The truth is, you can’t help others or care for them until you care for yourself first. You deserve to be the best version of yourself, and others deserve to have that version of you too.
2) Self-care means doing anything you want.
Self-care habits should benefit your mental and/or physical health in the long-term, not just for a night. It does not equate to self-indulgence or instant gratification. Self-care is about doing what is best for yourself even when it’s challenging. Eating a whole pizza in one night might be satisfying while you’re doing it, but in the morning you’ll probably feel worse.
3) Self-care is always something big.
Sustainable self-care is all about developing a routine of little habits that you periodically supplement with bigger gestures. It’s not just spa days and vacations, for example, but also daily affirmations in your journal and turning off your phone an hour before bed each night. Think of self-care as an ongoing process in which the little things make the biggest lasting difference.
4) Self-care is not a priority.
A lot of people view self-care as something they “get” to do if they happen to have the time. But if you don’t consistently take the time and make the effort to nurture yourself, it’s going to catch up with you eventually both physically and mentally. Self-care should be regarded as a crucial aspect of your health and wellbeing, just like an annual trip to the doctor, rather than something you have to earn.
When that time comes again when you need to shake up your self-care routine with something a little bigger and more special, head to The Pouting Room for an empowering boudoir session! The gorgeous photos you’ll walk away with are the perfect way to remind yourself that you deserve to be pampered not just on the day of your shoot, but every day after.
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