We understand the importance of self-care, things like going to the dentist, exercise, getting a massage or time with friends, etc. We can’t give ourselves a massage….so we can feel OK about going to a massage therapist. However, we are all supposed to be able to magically produce a snuggle partner for ourselves even if we are not currently in a romantic relationship.
Our culture, and social norms, impose on us the heavy burden of being completely self-sufficient — even when it is clear that — just as we can’t do our own dentistry, we can’t give ourselves the closeness, affection, attention and embrace of another human being. Self-care is very important in our lives and something that contributes greatly to our health, improves our relationships with others and our over-all well being.