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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 100

Self-care Excuses

This week we will continue our discussion of self-care techniques that were requested by our readers. In thinking about our self-care, it is important to realize that no decision or action is insignificant as to its impact on us. We have found in our work that individuals generally know what needs to be done to practice self-care. We have never heard from a participant, “Oh wow, you mean to tell me that sleep and friendships are key elements of self-care?” When we know what is needed to take care of ourselves, and hear ourselves say, “Yes, but…” that may be telling us that it is not a lack of knowledge but rather something else that is preventing us from practicing better self-care.

Look at the following excuses that have been shared with us that have prevented individuals from practicing self-care. The benefit of knowing the answer to, “Yes, but” is the key to freeing yourself.

Self-care Excuses

  • I am too busy!

  • My (fill in the blank) needs all my time.

  • I already am taking care of myself; I need nothing more.

  • I don’t have the discipline that it will take.

  • I would feel guilty if I took time for myself.

  • I am strong enough; I don’t need to care for myself.

  • I am young, self-care is for old folks.

  • I don’t deserve to take care of myself.

  • The crisis is over, I don’t need to practice self-care.

  • Self-care costs too much.

What are your top excuses?

How have you overcome excuses in the past and how might these insights help you in the future?

Five Self-care Insights from the paraDocs

  • Be intentional with your self-care practice.

  • Be responsible for your wellbeing.

  • Be active in your physical, spiritual and psychological health.

  • Keep a positive perspective.

  • Listen to your personal rhythm and keep it simple.


Key Takeaways

  • It is important to answer your,, “Yes, but…”

  • Your body, mind and spirit need you to be responsible to practice self-care.

  • A balanced life is self-care.

Best Practices

  • Make time, each day, for yourself no matter what.

  • Audit yourself periodically, just like you do with your finances.

  • Call a family member or friend that you have not spoken to in a while.

Things to Limit

  • Overextending yourself unnecessarily.

  • Thinking that you always have tomorrow.

  • Thinking that you have no time for yourself.


Quote of the Week

"Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.


~Eleanor Brown


In summary, to stay above the obstacles in one’s life and to keep moving forward, it is essential to be aware and practice a healthy self-care mindset. Listening to our body, mind, and spirit and what they need to keep each of us healthy and productive is the key to an exciting and balanced life.

For more information on specific self-care practices visit:

Be well,

The paraDocs

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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer, at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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