There is something especially disturbing about the call for women to engage in self-care as a means of preparation for service towards others. We don’t feel especially comfortable giving women permission to put themselves first, so instead we often see the call to self care punctuated with statements such as, “Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others!” There is great honor and joy in being a nurturing soul, no doubt. Among us are natural healers and caregivers, those to whom service towards others is both inherent and fulfilling. Acts of service are part of what make the tribe able to function, and these acts will forever be an integral part of our cultural composition.And, of course, engaging in self-care will often deem you more suitable for human consumption, thereby increasing your ability to serve more effectively while avoiding feelings of resentment and burnout. When we take care of ourselves—whatever that looks like for us—we typically are better for others.
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