Our expert says:
Hello again CP Mom,
Pleased to hear you've taken some good steps towards better self-care. Sounds like your doc is encouraging what I used to call "altruistic selfishness" --- so often I see really nice, decent, caring people who concentrate exclusively on the care of someone ( or someones) else, which ends up wearing them down, so they;re less abloe to care as well as they might. And yet they feel as if it's selfish to cae for themselves and their own simple pleasure, as if they don't deserve it. ANd then I point out in a very real way, caring well for yourself IS caring for someone else --- it's good to feel good, yourself, and caring for yourself improves your ability to be caring towards others !
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