You need to be more selfish.
When someone calls you “selfish”, it’s usually said as a negative verbal jab to your lack of sensitivity to others’ needs or feelings, and putting yourself first. But hold on, that’s not always a bad thing if it’s looked at as self-love. Taking time out for your own needs can actually make you a healthier, more productive person. You are primed and ready to take care of others in your life, like your partner, friends, family and children, when you consider your own basic needs first. Once you get to know yourself better, this understanding of how to to take care for yourself, is going to open an exciting new possibility in your life of total wellness. Here are 5 reasons you need to be more selfish.
Reason #1– You’ll Realize the Power of “No”: Be Selfish With Your Time
Those who consider themselves people-pleasers, listen up. This is a trendy piece of advice lately that more and more people are jumping on board with. Don’t have time in your already crammed full schedule to make another batch of homemade cupcakes for your child’s millionth school bake sale? Just say no. Your time is valuable, and something you can’t ever get back. It’s easy to take on a full plate of tasks and get overwhelmed, but “no” is an extremely powerful tool and it can help you avoid being treated like a doormat or spreading yourself too thin at work, among your friends and at home.
Reason #2– You’ll Enjoy Doing Things Just For You: Be Selfish With Your Own Care
Treat. Yourself. And DON’T feel guilty about doing something that brings you joy, like a monthly massage, a solo weekend getaway at a beachside Air B&B or getting involved in an organization you care about. Self-care is one of the best ways to really assert that you want to take time for the most important person in your life…you.
Reason #3– Your Health Will Improve Be Selfish With Your Fitness
Yoga is one of the best ways to work with your body for a more healthy spirit, mind, body, and soul. If you aren’t into yoga yet, once you get started, we guarantee you’ll be inspired to practice it on a regular basis. So grab a mat, sign up for a class, or even just look over ways to start a beginner yoga practice right in your own home. Being selfish with your health is going to lead to a longer life of continued wellness.
Reason #4– You’ll Learn to Pick Your Battles: Be Selfish With Your Conflicts
This concept can be applied to all of the relationships in your life. Pick your battles. Being selfish with your conflicts can allow you to live a more stress-free existence. Ask yourself, how can this potential argument serve me, will it resolve a problem or just open a can of more conflicts?
Reason #5– You’ll Eat Better: Be Selfish With What You Put Into Your Body
Your body is a temple. It’s a vessel filled with energy to get you through your daily life. Be selfish with what you put into it. Eating cleanly can give you renewed vigor, help you lose weight, and generally just makes you feel amazing. That could mean exploring raw foods, more fruits and vegetables in your meals, or even a breakfast power smoothie to get your day started right.
Hopefully all these reasons show you that being selfish is actually beneficial for you. Choosing to follow some of these strategies will allow you to be a more well-rounded, happier person.
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