Being a Self Care Giver means taking care of yourself while also considering the needs of others. It's about finding a balance between Self Care and caring for those around you.
A Self Care Giver recognizes the importance of taking time for themselves and understands that this benefits everyone in the long run.
On the other hand, being Selfish means putting your own needs before anyone else's and without consideration for the impact it may have on others.
Selfishness is often driven by an egotistical desire for personal gain and gratification; it is often associated with Self Centeredness.
If oxygen masks were deployed on an airplane, a Self Care Giver would put on their mask first and then assist others; as demonstrated in preflight.
After Selfish person put on their oxygen mask, they would not be of assistance to others unless it benefited them.
Breaking the Stigma
Some people feel guilty or ashamed for taking time out for themselves. This can be especially true for Care Givers who may feel that they need to put the needs of their loved ones before their own.
We shift from a Self Centered point of view to a Centered Self experience when we begin to realize we are capable of taking care of others when our needs our met.
Self Care Givers are in a better position to be of service to others and can even encourage them to prioritize their own Self Care program.
Suggestions for creating a balance between Self Care and caring for others:
It's important to set boundaries and communicate your needs to others. Let them know when you need time for yourself and when you are available to help them.
Practice Self Compassion
Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend. Be gentle with yourself and recognize that it's okay to make mistakes.
Prioritize Self Care
Make Self Care a priority in your daily routine. This could mean taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk, or doing something that brings you joy.
Ask For Help
Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Reach out to friends, family, or professionals for support and assistance.
Take time to appreciate the things you have in your life, and focus on the positive aspects of your situation. This can help you feel more content and fulfilled, which in turn can benefit those around you.
Self Care Givers create a balance between caring for our Self and caring for others; while being Selfish is often at the expense of others.
Together we can create a culture that recognizes the importance of Self Care and supports everyone who practices it.
Taking care of your Self is essential to experiencing a fulfilling and satisfying life, and it also benefits those around you.
Self Care Givers provides many insights on ways to incorporate Self Care but it begins with you scheduling time for your Self and prioritizing your needs and completing a Self Care plan.