Why we should stop confusing basic needs with selfcare

Joyce Muchiri
3 min readApr 16, 2021

What is Self Care


Our world has become so fast-paced we are playing catch up. Is it the technology, modernization, or the confusion that the ever-present advertisements on our screens affecting us when it comes to deciding and living simply? Life should be abundant. Self Care is vital when it comes to quality of life. It affects both the mental and physical parts of us.

Self-care is when you take the time to better yourself. This could be as simple as taking a slow warm bath, going for a massage, or taking the time to do a skin improvement ritual regularly. It could also mean going to therapy for mental and emotional wellness and finding the time to explore your passions. Caring for ourselves helps us live in the moment, which has very important advantages.

  • It makes us quiet the brain therefore reducing stress.
  • Taking the time to think clearly leads to well-thought-out decisions.
  • Taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness creates a feeling of self-love
  • We’ve all heard the saying that charity begins at home. When we are in a good place emotionally, not only do we feel good, you automatically transmit good feelings to others. It’s what maintains healthy relationships at home, work, and the community.

So are we confusing basic needs with self-care?

The sad fact is that we are so busy juggling life that self-care is taking a back seat. Many experts will argue that exercising and eating healthy is self-care. But is it really? A healthy lifestyle should be everybody’s routine in life. A day where you sleep well, eat right & move your body should be the routine. It should be basic in that if you’re not finding the time to do this, then you need to factory reset yourself.

Looking at our screens today, everything has become a business. It’s easy to fall into traps when the advertisements tell you you simply can not get a helpful workout without those yoga pants, or that you should get this kind of cereal for that is the most nutritious breakfast. Why has the world become that we have to dress up and schedule a time to go to the gym? It has become a task! When it’s very…