Why Self-Care Is Not Selfish

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You sneak out of work a few minutes early to get to your yoga class on time – a small act of kindness to yourself for the day, and yet, you leave feeling guilty. But why? It's the furthest thing from selfish, but when given the opportunity to be kind to ourselves, we often think twice and look to help others instead.

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Ahead are five reasons why self-love must be implemented in your life more seriously:

1. You can only give your best if you are your best. 

This is one of those "easier said than done" things, but truth is, if you're not taking care of yourself, you can't take care of others. That appiles to friends, significant others, kids and everyone in between. Give yourself a little more time to breathe, then you can focus on their needs more fully.

2. You deserve the time to yourself.

Self-care shouldn't be a "treat." You earn it every day when you get out of bed, get to work and just do what you have to do.

3. Self-care does not equal self-absorbed.

If your idea of self-care is a full-blown self-pampering day – nails, hair, massage, etc. – then that's what works for you. Whatever your idea of self-love is isn't selfish, nor is it self-absorbed. It's what makes you relax, recharge and regroup for what lies ahead.

4. Those around you will appreciate it. 

You certainly don't want to get to a breaking point when you mentally explode, releasing every bit of frustration and emotion onto those around you. That's where self-care comes in. It keeps you balanced, which translates to your relationships as well. 

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5. Most likely, everyone else is doing it, too. 

It may not seem like it, but there's a good chance that those around you are partaking in the whole self-care thing – and doing it without guilt, for that matter. It's only fair that you follow in their footsteps and give yourself what you need, too.