03/01/2022 by Michael Fink, CMT
Taking time out to take care of yourself is not selfish.
When we care for ourselves, in the way we care for our friends and family, it allows us to be better at everything we do.
“I FORGOT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO FEEL THIS GOOD IN MY BODY"
This is among my favorite things to hear from a client.
So often we spend so much time in pain and discomfort that we eventually start to think that is normal.
We instinctively "know" that we should take 5 minutes with our foam roller, get out of our office chair and walk down the hall to move our body, stretch but we don't.
We tell ourselves lies like
- "I'll do it later"
- "I don't have time"
- "I will after I finish...."
Then we forget and spend more time in pain and discomfort.
Why do we tell our friends and loved ones to take care of themselves and put ourselves last?
Maybe we feel selfish for focusing on ourselves because that is the conditioning we grew up with? Maybe we feel we don't deserve it? Maybe we feel like we need permission to put ourselves first?
You never have to feel guilty or selfish for saying "Hey, I have needs too."
You never have to apologize for doing for yourself what you would do for others.
And you deserve to feel good in your body.