By now, you may have heard that self-care can take many forms. It could mean taking a break, caring for the environment, reading, and more. It can be loosely defined as a means of connecting with and refreshing oneself. However, it can be agreed that neglecting self-care is not a good idea.
Based on the idea that we must care for ourselves first to care for others, could it be possible that something like not helping someone be self-care? Tell us what you think.
Can Caring for Others be Anti-Self Care?
When is caring for others no longer caring for ourselves? The waters might seem murky, but the truth is that it’s somewhat simple despite it often appearing complicated.
Blame Your Guilt
The problem is guilt, signaling us to adapt to situations for the betterment of others. While this isn’t always a bad thing, it can become an issue if we’re sacrificing some aspect of our integrity or commitment to self to do so.
If you say “yes” when you want to say no, it could be an indication that you’re going against yourself. If you’re sacrificing something important to you in hopes of meeting someone else’s needs, this could be another indication. Anything that can lead to resentment can not only be a lack of self-care but will likely result in a problem with the individual you’re attempting to please as well.