Self-care is a buzzword going around these days. But, for different people, it can mean different things. Because of that, there are some myths surrounding self-care and what it means. Here are the top four myths that I, and other people, often believe.
1. Self-care is expensive.
This is probably the biggest myth of self-care. You need that $60 face mask and $150 plush robe. Guess what? You can make your own face mask from ingredients you have at home and you can put on your oldest, comfiest clothes and be taking care of yourself anyway! We all enjoy luxurious items sometimes, but self-care should be practiced often, and only using expensive items and ways will get costly.
2. Self-care takes a long time.
I think that sometimes people think you need a whole evening, day, or even weekend to relax and practice self-care. Totally not true! Even if you only have an hour to spare, you can make time for yourself. In an hour you can put on sweats and read a few chapters in a book you’ve been wanting to read. Take whatever time you have and use it for yourself!
3. Self-care has to be alone.
If you enjoy being with others and you don’t find it overwhelming, then you should go for it! Plan a home spa day with your friends, start a book club, anything can work as long as you enjoy it and find it relaxing.
4. Self-care has to be earned.
Some people practice self-care infrequently because they think they haven’t worked hard enough to deserve it. Maybe after they’ve written a novel or worked an 80 hour week, then they can take some time for themselves. You should practice self-care as often as you need and/or want to.
What are some other myths you may have about self-care? Let’s see if we can help each other in the comments!