5 Reasons Self-Care Is Not Selfish

5 Reasons Self-Care Is Not Selfish
Red Mountain Resort is the perfect place to take a break from every-day problems and focus on taking care of yourself.

In our busy, fast-paced world, work and family often take priority, meaning your own self-care comes second. Whether you’re a new parent or busy CEO, you likely drop things you love like fitness and a full night’s sleep for kid pick-ups and late nights at the office. And while working hard and supporting family matters, it shouldn’t come at the cost of your health.

That’s where self-care comes in. This practice of taking action to improve one’s health is hard to make time for, but it should be just as important as work and family. And if you don’t know where to start with a self-care routine, wellness destinations like Red Mountain Resort can help. This red-rock sanctuary in southwestern Utah helps you disconnect from your busy work/home life and spend a week or a weekend focusing on you—allowing you to return home rejuvenated and be the best parent, spouse, boss, or co-worker you can be.

When you’re feeling frazzled and at your wits’ end, here are a few reasons self-care matters more than anything else for getting your health back on track. Believe us, your family, friends, and co-workers will thank you for taking the time to recharge.

1. Improve Energy and Sleep

According to a recent study, 40 percent of Americans sleep less than six hours a night, and more than 70 million adults suffer from a sleep disorder. Close to 30 percent of adults suffer from insomnia. And this deprivation can take a toll on our function and focus. That’s why Sagestone Spa & Salon at Red Mountain Resort debuted its new Sleep Tonic Massage, a treatment designed to help alleviate insomnia and leave you feeling rested and restored.

The 75-minute treatment begins with Himalayan Singing Bowls before a relaxing massage where eight acupressure points are stimulated—focusing on areas of stress. A scalp massage follows along with hand and foot reflexology and a salt stone abdomen massage. Flower essences and essential oils paired with an oral tonic relax you inside and out. The treatment facilitates serotonin production, a precursor to melatonin, to help you fall asleep fast. After the treatment, a take-home guide provides tips for continuing the sleep-boosting techniques at home.

2. Stay Healthy and Fit

Find a fitness routine at Red Mountain Resort that you can continue when you get home.

It’s easy to skip your run or bail on yoga class when work or family calls, but doing so over and over again can have devastating effects on your long-term health. Putting your fitness at the forefront matters, and creating an exercise routine during a Red Mountain Retreat is a great place to start. Kick off the morning with included daily hikes, fitness classes like Pilates and yoga, and educational health seminars. Spend a few days finding what classes and activities you love and develop a healthy routine to take back home with you.

3. Nourish Your Body and Soul

If your body and mind are overworked and undernourished, your personal and professional life can suffer, too. That’s why spending time focusing on self-care is the key to a balanced life, and Red Mountain Resort has several options to help you get back on track.

The Rejuvenate & LiVe Well Retreat combines the nurturing environment of Red Mountain Resort with the expertise of Intermountain Healthcare’s LiVe Well Center. This five-day, four-night package includes a three-and-a-half hour visit to the center to review your personal history and profile and meet with a physician to discuss your wellness needs. You’ll also undergo tests for fitness, body composition, and metabolic rate, to further evaluate your needs moving forward. You’ll also consult with a nutritionist to design a plan for when you leave the resort.

Back at the resort, you’ll enjoy three healthy meals a day, plus a wide variety of healthy activities like group hikes, fitness classes, a meditation workshop, and work with a personal trainer. After your workouts, take care of those tired muscles with a customized massage. The retreat also includes three follow-ups (via phone or e-mail) with the LiVe Well Center team to help keep you on track. For even more information on your health, the Executive Health & Wellness Retreat is another option for visitors, this one featuring a six-hour executive health exam from the LiVe Well Center and additional genomics testing at the state-of-the-art facility.

4. Boost Independence and Reflection Time

Get a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage at the Sagestone Spa at Red Mountain Resort.

If you spend most of your time with your family or friends, consider taking a self-care retreat on your own. The solo experience invites you to maximize your rest and reflection time by focusing solely on your individual needs—without feeling selfish. And at Red Mountain, you won’t feel weird about flying solo. (There’s even a community dinner table where solo travelers can sit together to share their experiences.)

Whether you’re coming yourself or with a friend, the Ultimate Essential Retreat offers visitors the flexibility to decide how they want to spend their time at Red Mountain Resort. The retreat comes with $150 in resort credit each night of stay, allowing you to experience what most appeals to you without being tied to a set itinerary. The package can be reserved for from three to 10 nights, and you can experience everything from a kayaking adventure in the outdoors to a warm Himalayan salt stone massage at the Sagestone Spa. The whole resort is at your disposal.

5. Empower Yourself to Be Your Best

If you don’t feel your best, you can’t be your best. Taking time for yourself enables you to be the best mom, boss, co-worker, and human you can be. Whether you take a full week off or just a few days to unwind, making self-care part of your life is vital for improved performance and life satisfaction.

Red Mountain Resort’s one-of-a-kind location in St. George’s red-rock bluffs lends itself to personal transformation and restoration. Located 30 minutes from St. George Regional Airport and two hours from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Red Mountain Resort is an easy commute from major airports. Book your self-care retreat at Red Mountain Resort and get ready to get back in balance in this inspiring natural setting.

Written by Jenny Willden for Matcha in partnership with Red Mountain Resort and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.