Let's Talk Self-care: Myths vs. Facts
Self-care myths abound? Don’t be that guy! This week, we’re taking you exploring! If self-care is new to you, or you’ve got some questions you would rather Google than ask a friend, we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s the more fundamental questions about what it’s really about, or facts about the goodness of self-care routines, here’s us busting common self-care myths. Don’t worry, we’ve got you!
1. Myth: Self-care is for women
Fact: Self-care is for all
Stop right there! If you’re one of those people who think self-care is more of a woman’s playing field, then let us set the record straight. Self-care, or activities that relax you, rejuvenate you, and boost your mental and physical health is for EVERYONE! No matter who you are, what you like to do, you deserve to feel good, both inside and out.
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2. Myth: Self-care benefits don’t last
Fact: The benefits of engaging in self-care can last for a long period of time
Just a little bit of care for yourself can go a long way. Trust us! Your brain identifies the feel-good factor of indulging in habits that are good for you, and rewards you by stimulating happy hormones for a long, long time! No wonder you look so good after a vacation or feel refreshed for hours after a good workout!
3. Myth: Self-care means spas, bubble baths and sleeping in
Fact: It can mean anything you want. Period.
Some like a good workout, others want to take a day off and eat comfort food. Whatever your preferences, there’s always a way to take care of yourself. It may take a while to find what works for you, but once you do, the benefits are endless. Trust us, we know!
4. Myth: Self-care is expensive
Fact: It takes close to nothing to make yourself feel cared for
Take yourself out to dinner, buy yourself those comfy socks you said you wanted, or just curl up on your couch and watch your favourite team play a game. You don’t need much to take your self-care game up a notch! And remember: it’s all about what works for you, and you alone!
5. Myth: Self-care needs a lot of time
Fact: You can invest as much or as little time as you need in your self-care.
Let’s face it- with everything that goes on in your life, sometimes you barely find time to take a deep breath, let alone spending time relaxing! Thankfully, there’s some good news: you really don’t need a lot of time to make self-care a part of your life! Five minutes of meditation, a 15-minute workout, a quick movie or a phone call with a friend is all you need to make it work for you.
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6. Myth: You only need self-care sometimes
Fact: You consistently need bursts of self-care to keep those happy hormones flowing
Not just that- long term self-care can improve your concentration, reduce stress and increase your productivity. Now who wouldn’t want that, right?
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