During a coaching session a few months back, a client told me she didn’t know what self-care meant, and that she was uncomfortable with the idea of being unproductive, having grown up with role models who demonstrated the value of hard work and staying busy.
As a self-care proponent, I thought her take was interesting. While practicing self-care might not appear productive in the sense that “I have to finish this report because I promised it to my boss,” I believe it’s very productive when you think of it in terms of providing for your well-being so you can bring the best of yourself to the world.
It’s kind of like the well-known airline edict to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.
This coaching session got me thinking, however: If my client was struggling to understand the concept of self-care, surely others must be as well. Click for my take on what self-care is and why it's so important.
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