The Difference Between Self-care and Selfishness

The Difference Between Self-care and Selfishness

“What’s the difference between self-care and selfishness?

Doing something that benefits you alone is selfish. Doing something that enables you to give more to those around you is self-care. (Only you know the difference.)

Putting yourself before everyone else no matter what is selfish. Making sure you aren’t automatically putting everyone else’s needs above your own is self-care.

Being inconsiderate in the name of self-care is selfish. Thinking about others while you pay yourself first is self-care.

Doing something in the name of self-care that leaves you emptier, more stressed, or unhappier than when you started is selfish. Doing something that leaves you energized, calmer, or happier is self-care.”

by Melissa Hartwig

You might benefit from checking out my past blog: Ideas for Self-Care

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

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  1. […] see former posts on this blog, Ideas for Self-Care, and another one, The Difference Between Self-Care and Selfishness. There are right and needed ways to take care of and give to […]

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