Self-care isn’t selfish — neglecting your own well-being to care for others takes away from your own quality of life, and can lead to chronic stress, weight gain, and other serious health problems. Women who know how to properly take care of themselves are often happier, healthier, and well adjusted.
As mothers, caregivers, and providers, women tend to put the needs of others before their own. When a child becomes ill, it’s often mom who sacrifices her career to stay home from work. When a spouse feels drained after a long day at the office, it’s often the wife who creates a soothing environment despite also feeling exhausted. Putting everyone else’s needs before your own may show others that you care — but who’s taking care of you, and your health?
If you’re a woman who constantly puts others first, here’s a look at why you should set aside some time to take care of your own needs.
To properly care for others, you must care for yourself first
When you’re feeling tired, hungry, or stressed, it’s difficult to be productive and care for others without putting your own health at risk. In order to be physically and emotionally strong for your loved ones, you must practice self-care by getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy meals, and doing things that make you happy. If stress is impacting your health and weight, talk to your doctor about wellness supplements like Sereniti that help balance and regulate stress hormones.
You discover who truly deserves your time
When you neglect your own well-being in favor of someone else and they fail to respect your time, efforts, and boundaries, then serving that person may not benefit you in the long run. Caring for yourself commands respect, and can help you weed out those who may be taking advantage. Caring for yourself helps you discover who is worth your time, and who isn’t.
You learn to practice self-love
Many women also put other people’s expectations before their own — meaning they may try to mold themselves into someone they’re not just to satisfy someone else. Practicing self-care allows you to value your own opinions and feelings above those of others so you can be happier just being yourself.
You attract the right people into your life
Self-care allows you to be your genuine true self, which means you’ll attract people into your life who value and respect you exactly as you are. Going to the gym, practicing good nutrition, and taking time to do activities you love will expose you to a higher number of like-minded people who share your same values.
You become more productive
Tending to the needs of others before your own can damper your overall productivity — especially when you’re distracted thinking about what you need to do for yourself later on. When you tend to your own needs first, you can focus more clearly on helping others and increase your productivity.
You can remove toxicity from your life
Caring for yourself allows you to identify toxic relationships, jobs, and activities that offer no benefits for your overall livelihood. Self-care helps you understand that it’s never okay to compromise your physical, mental, and emotional well-being for someone or something else that is negative, hurtful, or unproductive.
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on August 7, 2017