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Top 5 Beliefs Women Hold that Prevent them from Taking Care of Themselves

1. “Putting myself first is selfish”: Many women believe that taking care of themselves before taking care of others is selfish. However, self-care is essential for maintaining physical, emotional, and mental health. When women prioritise their own wellbeing, they can better take care of those around them.

2. “I can handle it all”: Women often feel like they have to handle everything on their own, whether it’s work, family, or personal issues. This can lead to burnout and stress. It’s important for women to ask for help when they need it and to delegate tasks to others

3. “I don’t have time for self-care”: Women often have busy schedules, and it can be challenging to find time for self-care. They don’t think they have enough hours in the day. However, taking even a few minutes each day to do something for yourself, like breathing, meditating or taking a walk, can have a significant impact on overall wellbeing.

4. “My needs don’t matter” or ” I’m not important enough” Women may feel like their needs are less important than those of others, such as their partner, children, or coworkers.  They may struggle with low self-esteem and believe that their needs are not as important as those of others. They may feel like they don’t deserve to prioritise themselves or that they don’t have the right to ask for help or support. However, everyone’s needs are essential, and neglecting one’s own needs can lead to negative consequences.

5. “I don’t deserve self-care”: Some women may believe that they don’t deserve to take care of themselves, whether it’s because of low self-esteem or a belief that they haven’t earned it.  I often hear women say, “I’ll do it later, next week, next month” when it comes to prioritising self-care, believing that they will have more time or energy to devote to them in the future. This can lead to a cycle of procrastination and neglect, as other responsibilities continue to pile up.It’s important to recognise that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity for maintaining good health and wellbeing.

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