The Truth About Self-Care
By Social Work prn on August 10, 2011
Self-care is critical for everyone especially practitioners in a helping profession (coaches, social workers, therapists, healers, etc.). However self-care isn't the same as self-indulgence. Learn the key difference and how you might be missing the mark on truly taking care of yourself so you can thrive in your life and business.
Ask anyone what they do for “self-care” and their answers are more likely to sound like “self-pampering” or “self-indulgence,” such as:
“I take a hot bubble-bath. I treat myself to a meal in a nice restaurant or some new shoes. I get a pedicure or a manicure. I get a massage. I have a pizza or drinks with friends when I’m stressed. I do something nice for myself as often as I can afford it.”
Pampering and self-indulgence are fine if you can afford them, but they’re not the things you do to ensure self-care that meets your needs for physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health.