Expert claims self-care should be seen as discipline and not an indulgence

Rodolfo Vieira
Dec 15, 2018
03:22 P.M.

Most people believe that self-care is a form of indulgence, but according to expert Tami Forman, the concept is completely backward.


Forman, the Executive Director of Path Forward, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women, claims that the world needs to realize what the term 'self-care' really means.

In Forman's opinion, self-care is more of a discipline than an indulgence, and the faster people understand that, the happier they will be.

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When people usually think of self-care, they are imagining bubble baths and some time off from the crazy and busy routine, which includes any kind of obligations.

The problem with that idea, according to Forman, is that it is seen as an indulgence, the complete opposite of what self-care truly means and that that is interfering with their happiness.



Self-care is not an indulgence. Self-care is a discipline. This is Forman's stand on the matter and she backs it up with the argument that people should do what is best for them.

But, sometimes, doing what is best for them might not be what they actually want to do. Quite a lot of people dream about being in shape but when the time to head off to the gym draws near, they bail.



That's where self-care comes in. In order to take care of themselves, Forman believes that people need to inject discipline into their lives, and even provided some examples.

Going to bed early may cause someone to miss an episode of their favorite show, but it will allow them to wake up early to hit the gym. The same can be said about productivity - doing something that actually matters over browsing the internet.


"Self-care is not an indulgence. Self-care is a discipline."

Losing weight, for example, is one of the hardest things to do, but several people manage to do it every year through sheer willpower and discipline.


A woman named Jessica Beniquez was one of those people. She used to spend most of her days watching Netflix and indulging in unhealthy diet habits until she decided that enough was enough.

Beniquez started going to the gym and completely changed her diet. As result, she lost 170 lbs, which caused her to become happier and healthier.

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