Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish

An interview with Emily Kasman

Floating helps us create space to do nothing. When we float, we allow ourselves to take a break from the worries and stressors of daily life; we get to just be. Eliminating all other sensory pleasures or distractions, we get to tap into who we are as unique, passionate, creative individuals. In this way, floating can be an incredible tool in a regular self-care practice — one that allows us to get the most out of our lives.

Below, Lifefloat’s James Kilgallon chats with self-care expert and owner of Infinite Health, Emily Kasman, about steps we can all take in our self-care journeys.

Self-care is a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit. What exactly is self-care, to you?  

Self-care is ultimately a choice. When we understand that our choices influence the way we feel, think, and live, then making self-care a priority becomes easier over time.

Here’s an example: When my inbox is piling up at 1:30pm and I have a meeting that starts at 2pm, I have a choice to either A) sit in front of my computer answering emails until my next meeting, or B) to give myself a break in order to clear my mind, nourish my body, and feel refreshed. If I choose option B, then when I come back to my emails after my 2pm meeting, I will ultimately be more productive and satisfied with my work. In this particular moment and for me, option B is the best self-care choice.  

Why does self care often seem more difficult for those who need it most?”

Everyone needs self-care!

It can be very difficult for some people to practice self-care. I usually find that those with full schedules put themselves last on their list of priorities. It is part of my work to help switch this mindset; this can be achieved through small, simple steps. Even taking just 20 minutes for lunch 2 times a week can be a way to begin practicing self-care routines.

Can you break down self care into different categories?

There are many categories of self-care. The three that I focus on most are:

  • Physical: Mindful eating, regular physical activity, fresh air, and natural settings
  • Emotional: Mindfulness, meditation, positive self-talk, personal forms of spirituality, healthy outlets such as reading or creative practices
  • Social: Supportive networks, community, healthy friendships, being able to say no, setting boundaries

It seems that often self-care can be misconstrued with ideas about self-centeredness. In your opinion, why is self-care actually not a selfish act?

Self-care is the most necessary thing that we can do for ourselves and for our communities and the people we love. When we put our own health and happiness first, we are better able to support others in being healthy and happy as well.

How do you use floating as a part of your self-care practice?

Floating has helped me to calm my mind, which allows me to tap deeply into what my physical body needs to relax. In a normal day, I don’t usually give my body permission to relax, but when I’m floating, I get to finally feel the physical sensations of peace, calm, and quiet. Being able to tap into something bigger than my daily tasks and to-do lists helps me stay grounded and healthy.

Emily Kasman

Founder of Infinite Health & Wellness Coordinator at The Riveter – Infinite ∞ Health’s mission is to bring harmony into lives through mindfulness, movement, and being in nature, which create a deep connection to the mind, body, and environment. http://www.emilykasman.com/