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Bad Thought: I feel selfish when I attend to my inner well-being.

As a hypnotherapist, I come across many people who put themselves last on the list when it comes to self-care. We make sure our significant others, children, parents, and sometimes friends, have everything they need before we tend to our own needs. Especially now, in this time of coronavirus, we are hyper-focused on the health and safety of our loved ones and perhaps the more likely to view self-care as inappropriate.

Interestingly though, I’ve recently spoken to a number of people who have used this stay-at-home situation as an opportunity to begin an inner well-being practice such as meditation, self-hypnosis, or mindfulness (the ability to stay focused on the present moment). In addition to helping us relax and achieve goals, such practices benefit others. They allow us to remain calm and clear-headed in challenging situations, and studies show that self-care helps us become better listeners and to feel more compassion for those who are suffering.

You probably don’t need a study to tell you that it’s nearly impossible to have good relationships when you’re stressed, depressed, or anxious. Additionally, you can enrich a relationship with someone by listening together to a guided meditation or hypnosis audio.

Here’s a better thought: My well-being benefits others.

You're reading the Bad Thoughts Blog, which maintains that feeling good is as simple as thinking a better thought. I'm Debbie Covino, hypnotherapist, coach, speaker, author, and creator of the All Day Hypnosis© series, available at www.hypnotic-wellbeing.com

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