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Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Apr 19, 2019 « Back to The Skinny

With April being Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to remind everyone about the importance of identifying and meeting your Vital Needs.   

So what are Vital Needs? Vital needs are the things that you personally need to feel healthy and happy. A consequence that comes from not getting your Vital Needs met is stress. Stress is a part of our everyday lives that comes when we feel a lack of control. Of course, it happens to everybody, but the difference is, not everyone reacts to it in the same way. Many people use food as a coping mechanism, some without even realizing they are doing it.

One thing that is important to note is that recognizing and adhering to your Vital Needs is not selfish. Think about the oxygen masks in an airplane. What do the flight attendants always say to do in an emergency? Put your mask on first. If you are not getting oxygen, you won’t be able to help those around you. The same principle applies to your Vital Needs. If you don’t take care of yourself, you are in no condition to take care of others. 

The best way to make sure your getting your Vital Needs met is to identify them. Check out the list below. Chances are, you recognize a few of your Vital Needs, but you may have others that are not listed. Once you’ve identified your vital needs, write them down and then write down 2 realistic ways that you can get each need met. By acknowledging these needs, you are more likely to recognize when they are not being met and satisfy them without turning to food.

Here are 5 examples of Vital Needs:

  1. Personal Time
  2. Give and do for others (family, community, etc.)
  3. Recognition for achievement
  4. Sleep
  5. Approval and Acceptance


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