The idea of self care as a feel-good-only practice does more harm than good. Sometimes, taking care of ourselves doesn’t always feel good in the moment. Just about everyone can relate to this when it comes to exercise (no one likes the feeling of their heart pumping at 170 beats per minute and their lungs screaming for oxygen), but we all know that getting in great shape is going to result in some discomfort along the way.
The same holds true for body maintenance and recovery: Correcting body misalignments and loosening up deep knots often means applying an uncomfortable amount of pressure, but with consistent, purposeful practice we start to see improvement. In the long run, everything we do for our bodies can have both direct and indirect benefits. Hitting the gym, for instance, boosts your physical fitness, and it also is proven to have measurable benefits for mental and emotional health.