It took me 40 years to understand this, but self-care that’s done for you and you alone, that comes from a belief that you deserve care and joy and play and movement and good food and self-compassion — well, it stops feeling like an obligation or a letdown or a shield. Try out this idea around self…
Julia E Hubbel
It is true, especially for women. It can be harder for us to take time for ourselves because, socially, we've been groomed and expected to be self-sacrificing (almost to the point of our own health and well-being). It is a luxury (a decadence) to take a minute to do what we want: to sleep in (when we honestly need it), to get a massage, to read a book (uninterrupted) for 30 solid minutes. Partners and kids (those who have them, and kids old enough to know better, you know what I mean) should respect our time too. But when we do take a little of our own time back, some brand us as selfish. Um, no. We all need OUR time to reset and recover. It can't always be about the needs of others.