- Alyssa Abrahamson
Self-Care for Skeptics
What’s the first word that comes to mind when I say, “self-care”?
As someone who helps women prioritize their health and wellbeing, I’m not a fan of the term “self-care.”
#Selfcare has been promoted for years but, to me, it has been overused and misunderstood.
What does self-care really mean, why do we struggle with it, why the skepticism?
Real self-care is not a priority in our society.
Why? Because our culture values productivity, and ‘busyness” has become a badge of our self-importance, taking time out for “ourselves” is considered self-indulgent.
#1: We think self-care isn’t that important. #2: We don’t know how or when we need it. #3: We confuse self-care with comfort. #4: We’ve been told self-care is selfish. #5: We think we can’t afford it.
After a year and a half with very little activity, secondary to the pandemic, the past few months have revved up for me.
While it’s been fun, uplifting, and nourishing (albeit a little strange) to be out and about in NYC, it’s also been exhausting.
Unfortunately, this past week, I overextended myself and, as a result, my body was in more pain than usual (autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis).
That pain and fatigue is the body’s way of communicating that we’ve pushed ourselves beyond our limit.
In this particular instance, I decided to cancel some of my plans this week because I knew it would be the healthiest decision for my wellbeing.
And this is what self-care is really all about.
Self-care is an intention, and a process of experimentation and learning, to discover what you want and need.
So whether you’re a self-care skeptic or believer, tune into today’s new podcast episode 45, “Self-Care for Skeptics: The Self-Series Part 1.”
Love, Your Wellness Coach
P.S. This month on my podcast, Positively Anti-Inflammatory, I will be discussing ideas related to the self: self-care, self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-love, and self-compassion, so stay tuned for the continuation of, “The Self-Series.”
P.P.S. If you need support prioritizing your health and your self-care, I can help you. Email me and let's set up an exploratory call.
November 3, 2021