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Self-care, what is the first thing that comets mind?

An expensive spa weekend, a massage, a glass of wine?

Let’s stop saying that self-care is just massages and bubble baths.

Self-care is the foundation to your thriving personally and professionally. Burning out ain’t fun. Trust me, I’ve almost been there.

So, what actually is self-care?

Definition of self-care (noun)– “the practice of taking an active role in protecting and taking responsibility for one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”

Self-care refers to a set of actions and practices that individuals engage in to maintain their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It involves taking care of oneself in a way that promotes health, reduces stress, and enhances overall quality of life.

Self-care can take many different forms, depending on your preferences, needs, and circumstances. Some examples of self-care activities include:

  1. Physical self-care: Engaging in regular exercise, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and practicing good hygiene.
  2. Emotional self-care: Spending time with loved ones, engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and seeking professional support when needed.
  3. Social self-care: Building and maintaining healthy relationships, setting boundaries, and avoiding toxic or unhealthy relationships.
  4. Intellectual self-care: Engaging in lifelong learning, pursuing intellectual hobbies or interests, and challenging oneself mentally.
  5. Spiritual self-care: Practicing meditation or prayer, connecting with nature, and engaging in activities that promote a sense of purpose or meaning.

Overall, self-care is an essential aspect of maintaining good physical and mental health, and it is important for you to make time for self-care activities on a regular basis.

“Self-care plays a significant role in keeping oneself physically and emotionally healthy. When self-care strategies are used, it increases a person’s self-worth and self-esteem and allows them to feel more resilient when stressful situations occur.”

When you’re on your journey learning how to prioritize effective self-care here, here are 8 myths to be mindful of.

Myth #1: I don’t have time

By not carving out the time for self-care, we may find ourselves in a position of needing urgent care. As I teach my coaching clients, when you start looking at your hard boundaries (are you allowing people to take advantage of you and your time?), and how you schedule your days (are you tracking your time to ensure you’re not wasting your time?), you will start restructuring your days for better results and actually reclaim your time. You will start to maximize moments like early mornings, and creating practices that will allow you to start your day energized and calm through self-care.

Myth #2: Self-care is selfish

Self-care is essential to affording us a life of less stress, more calm & greater happiness. Practicing self-care means taking the necessary steps to care for ourselves so that we can thrive in all our roles, both personally and professionally. Audre Lorde wrote, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” If you you interested in truly building a life of balance, harmony and well-being, you can book a FREE 15-minute discovery call with me. I can’t wait to meet you.

Myth #3: Self-care is being a yogi

While it may make your friend feel calm and joyful, it doesn’t mean this method works for you. While yoga may help your friend find balance, it does not mean yoga is bound to work for you. If yoga isn’t your thing, it doesn’t mean you can’t practice effective self-care. If you are interesting in trying yoga, I have a beautiful little 10-minute yoga practice for everyone to boost wellness now.

Myth #4: I have to only do something healthy

If watching murder mysteries and reading romance novels make you happy, that’s self-care too! I’ve coached a few women over the years, and here’s what I’ve observed. It takes some women permission from their life coach (yah, me) to be okay with a little escapism as self-care. I remind them that after being alpha and productive all day, that a new kind of evening routine is worth experimenting with. My super smart girls know that a little escapism will do them quite well, I give them permission to do it guilt-free, and I am doing it for you today too. In fact, please check out an old post I wrote called Erica Diamond’s Escape List.

Myth #5: I have to achieve and hustle at all costs

‘Hustle culture’ and ‘Team no sleep’ can eventually lead to feeling depleted, anxiety, loss of creativity, relationship struggles and more. Hustle culture thrives on stress and cortisol and places little value on rest. But here’s a newsflash: an exhausted mind and body won’t be able to function. It’s not sustainable long-term.

Myth #6: It takes up a lot of time

You only need 20 minutes a day! We are all busy, but self-care does not require a massive time commitment to experience the incredible benefits. Tip – Instead of waiting to see if you have free time on your hands to sneak something in, add self-care time into your schedule and plan your day around it. The key is to make it a regular part of your routine instead of something you try and pencil in only if you have time.

Myth #7: It should feel like an obligation

Once you start experiencing the many benefits (see below), my guarantee is it won’t feel like an obligation, rather you will look forward to it! Promise. Feel free to switch up your self-care methods to keep it enjoyable and doable.

Myth #8: Self-care is only for people struggling with their mental health

I’ll leave this Infograph as the myth breaker. Hint: IT’S FOR ALL.

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Erica Diamond


Teaching women how to prioritize SELF-CARE, Erica Diamond is a Certified Life Coach and Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Lifestyle and Parenting Correspondent on Global TV, Founder of Bliss Essential (BlissEssential.co), Professional Speaker, Host of The Erica Diamond Podcast, Course Creator of Busy To Bliss (BusyToBliss.com), Author of the women’s entrepreneurial book 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Starting Their Own Business, and Founder & Editor-In-Chief of the Award-Winning Lifestyle Platform EricaDiamond.com® (previously WomenOnTheFence.com®). Erica Diamond has been named to the coveted list of The Top 20 Women in Canada, FORBES Magazine’s Top 100 Sites for Women and a Profit Hot 50 Canadian Company. Erica Diamond was the Spokesperson for National Entrepreneurship Day and is a Huffington Post contributor.