Our society does not generally approve of an attitude of ‘me-first’, deeming it to be selfish. We are supposed to think of others before ourselves. This is especially the case for parents with young children, or those caring for dependent or elderly relatives.
This means that anyone with family responsibilities can be plagued with guilt if they take any time to themselves. With an hour at the gym or in the pool being a definite case of ‘me-first’ time, this guilt can stop people getting exercise.
Fitness guilt is definitely something to defeat – have a look here for some ideas. If your reluctance to put yourself first is due to family pressure, then you may need to marshal some arguments. Try these:
Keeping healthy is the one time where a little selfishness is good for everyone. So take some me-time and work on your fitness.
perhaps we all need to look at our priorities. Forget the ironing, ignore the dust - get outside and get moving on these lovely days!
I mean because they DIDN'T look after their own health.....
People who don't look after themselves are actually the ones being selfish. Who wants to be a burden to other people by being physically or mentally unwell because they looked after their own health?
This is so true. I used to suffer from 'me-time guilt' when I left my children with my partner to go for a run. I've realised in the last few years that I am much happier when I feel fit and healthy and am therefore much nicer to be with, kinder, more patient etc. Everyone wins!
Putting yourself first doesn't necessarily mean you're being rude, in fact, the better you look after yourself then the better you can look after other people
I want that picture on a t-shirt - what a great slogan!