At a glance
1. Self-care is an occasional treat.
Self-care is about more than an occasional massage or weekend away. Self-care is essential, regular maintenance of a person’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. It includes getting enough sleep and exercise, eating well and more.
2. Self-care is just a box to tick off on the “to-do list”.
Self-care should be prioritised and embedded into the fabric of everyday life, rather than be seen as something to cram onto an already-packed schedule.
3. Self-care is about body improvement.
Self-care is not about pleasing others, physical appearance or self-improvement to suit culturally prescribed ideals. Rather, it is the act of individuals nurturing themselves for their own sake.
4. Self-care is about fun.
What is “good” for a person is not always indulgent. True self‑care includes tasks that are not always enjoyable, such as visiting the dentist or doctor. While things like junk food or overindulgence might feel good temporarily, they do not reflect self-care.
5. Self-care is self-centred.
Many people put their own needs last, even though self-care is the ultimate self-responsibility. People who refuel themselves through self-care are more likely to be able to work effectively with others.
6. Self-care is a solitary task.
Self-care can involve seeking and accepting support from the community, professionals, family and friends. Addressing the full range of human needs means seeking and accepting help from others when needed.