Graphic by Judith Garner
Just A Healthy Reminder! Self care is never a selfish act- It is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. ~Parker Palmer
Self care often conjures up a negative interpretation of being obsessively selfish or self-indulgent. Yet, to the contrary, there is a positive interpretation of self care too. You see, there is always two-sides of the same coin. The positive interpretation of self care is that we prioritize taking care of our personal health in order to live in a state of being free from illness or injury. Just like loving and caring for all the important people in our lives, we've got to love and care for ourselves too in order to be healthy.
After all, our physical bodies house the unique essences we each possess. We are people with our own personalities, feelings, emotions, abilities, and talents. In life then is there anything more important then taking care of our own bodies so that we live healthy in this world? Alternatively, without healthy bodies what kind of condition can we expect to live in?
Of course over-indulgence in anything disrupts the balance between what's good and bad for us. I believe the negative interpretation that self-care is self-indulgent is actually misconstrued by thoughts of real narcissistic people--those who indeed care for themselves above all else in an obsessive lifestyle lacking empathy for all others. That's the flip-side of the "self-care" coin to a degree. The key difference that separates the two-faces of this same coin is that many of us want to be healthy in order to share our lives emphatically caring for our loved-ones and others as well.
This quote reminds us that self care is simply good stewardship of the only gift we each have, the gift we were put on earth to offer others--our healthiest self-being. That side of the "self-care" coin is never a selfish act!
Tips for: Developing R.E.S.P.E.C.T. For Your Body
By Judith Garner, Certified Health Coach
Helping people stay healthy inside & out!