Most of us have been taught our whole lives that being selfish is bad. That we must share, and give, all that we have. Most of us have probably been told things like, “finish your plate, there are starving children in Africa” or, “share your toy, you get to play with it all the time.” Well, I am here to tell you that sometimes, this isn’t always the best advice. Did you hear about the mother who told her child it was okay not to share on the playground? Her explanation makes a whole lot go sense, and maybe we all should be taking notes. What happens when you always put everyone else first and never take care of yourself? If you don’t take care of you, who will? These are some questions you should ask yourself and maybe start to realize that sometimes, it’s okay to be a little selfish.
Now, when I say be a little selfish, I do not mean stop feeding your children and neglect your dog. I just suggest that, maybe when we take care of ourselves, our own health, our own well-being, we are also taking care of those around us. If you are healthy, strong, and happy, your family, friends, and co-workers will receive benefits as well. They tell you on an airplane that if the oxygen mask comes down, you should put on your own before helping others, same concept here.
Be a little selfish and take your time
To be a little selfish and to start taking a little better care of yourself, set aside one hour a week for some “me” time. That’s right, start with just one hour to do whatever you want. Get a manicure, grab a chai latte and walk through the park, catch up with a friend you have not seen in awhile, anything that is 100% what YOU want to do.
Be a little selfish and try something new
Trying something new can be intimidating, but in my experience, it is typically a very rewarding experience. You can’t ever change or grow without putting yourself into new and unfamiliar situations. Try that arial yoga class you have always wanted too but were too scared, or go out to the new raw bar down the street and eat oysters for the first time. New experiences are fun, trust me!
Be a little selfish and a little more healthy
Your health is important. Clearly, you care about it because you are reading GUADS! But, does life tend to get in the way of the healthy lifestyle you really wish you were living? Don’t feel guilty spending a little extra money on fresh produce or saying no to a meeting so that you can exercise after work. It’s not selfless, to be a little selfish, especially when it comes to your health. Putting your health priorities first will leave you with more energy and in a better mood, which I think your friends and family will appreciate, don’t you? Be a little selfish today, you deserve it!
Article written by GUADS staff member