When it comes to self-care, there are a lot of misconceptions I have heard that has made me dive deep into this rabbit hole, and I am here to debunk some of them. So here is a list of common misconceptions I have heard, and why they are just wrong!
1. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SELF-CARE:
That is 100% false. One misconception I have heard very frequently is “there is no such thing as self-care”. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start with debunking this myth. Self-care exists, and it exists everywhere in the world, and it’s something everyone needs. Self-care isn’t just an Instagram myth or an influencer “marketing” strategy, self-care is giving your body, mind, and soul time to recharge. So self-care definitely exists.
2. GO TO SLEEP, THAT’S ENOUGH SELF-CARE:
When I was first told this, I legit started laughing so hard. After almost a few minutes of gasping for air, I began to wonder, how is just going to sleep the only thing viable for self-care. On days where I desperately needed a #selfcareday, I have never seen a difference with “just” going to sleep. Self-care means different things to different people, and it certainly isn’t a one size fits all situation. For me, self-care means a day of not worrying about what I am going to have for dinner or not strategizing for work the next day. Sleep isn’t enough for self-care.
3. SELF-CARE IS SELFISH:
Another common misconception is “if you take a self-care day, you are selfish”. Well if that is the case then yes, I am selfish, and hell I would rather have one day just thinking about myself, than thinking about someone else. I would rather have one day in silence than have 10 people chatter in front of me the whole day. I would rather one day to unwind my mind than be burnt out and not able to do my job. You say self-care is selfish, I say fine, I am selfish, what are you going to do about it?
4. YOU ARE TOO YOUNG FOR SELF-CARE:
No one is ever “too young” for self-care. Whether you are a 10 year old or a 50 year old, self-care is your priority, it’s your right! Self-care isn’t optional, it’s quite the opposite actually. Self-care is mandatory for everyone. Especially during these crisis times.
5. SELF-CARE MEANS SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH YOU:
So now if I want to take a day for myself, something is wrong with me? So now we are judging people for taking a “me” day. I don’t know where this thinking comes from, but self-care DOES NOT mean that I need help or something is wrong with me. Self-care also means that the one day I take for myself is a direct correlation to why I don’t punch you in the face.
6. SELF-CARE IS JUST FOR WOMEN:
Oh, I left the best for last. So apparently to “some people” self-care is only for women. Men don’t deserve it. Why? Don’t men go to work? Don’t men feel the same emotions like us? Yes, I do realize that their history with equality and patriarchy hasn’t been favorable, but they are still humans. Self-care is for everyone, despite their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever excuse you want to bring to the table.
That’s it for today guys, I hope you enjoyed this post. Until the next one, adios, and stay safe! Xoxo…..