Habits | Self Care | Women’s Health

Stop Beating Yourself Up for Taking Time for Yourself

Sarah Kostusiak
2 min readSep 23, 2021

Self Care is NOT Selfish

I talk to many women in my role as a health coach who tell me that they feel bad for taking time for their own self care.

The word they usually use is guilty.

As if taking time to care for themselves takes time away from their family.

Please stop!

Self care is NOT self indulgent and no one who truly loves you is going to begrudge you the time you need to take care of yourself.

Photo by Matheus Frade on Unsplash

Let’s reframe this concept of self care today to help you see that self care is actually giving more of yourself to your family — not less.

Media tries to sell us on the idea that self care is shopping trips and pedicures.

I think those things are fine, but they should really be called pampering (which is also good to do once in a while).

Real self care means doing the things that help you to be the best version of yourself day in and day out.

So what things are self care under this definition:

  • meal planning
  • exercise
  • sleep
  • meditation



Sarah Kostusiak

Coach | Women’s Empowerment Advocate | Beagle Lover — my mission is to guide women to reclaim their power ManifestMindfulness.com