There are enough hours in the day to take care of yourself and others. Is self-care selfish? Were you raised to prioritize others?
Not necessarily. Self-care will improve your health, relationships, job, and caregiving. Start prioritizing yourself today with these easy steps!
Why Don’t We Prioritize?
Most women (and some men) were raised to prioritize others. ‘It’s more blessed to give than to receive’ and ‘Only by giving can you receive more than you already have’ reinforce this.
Our culture values women as carers. 66% of US carers are women, and 30% care for two or more people. Due to national and company parental leave programs, women are more likely to take leave and be the primary carer. In the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, 28% of women with under-18 children left the workforce, compared to 10% of men.
Women are expected to put others first, but doing so may not benefit you, your family, or your loved ones.