Self-care isn’t selfish

“Self-care is not selfish. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” — Eleanor Brownn

These words speak to me. As busy business professionals, we lead full lives, with nearly every moment of every day accounted for. We’re attending to our obligations at work and at home and often take care of those around us. During the hustle and bustle of life, it’s common for your personal needs to get booted to the bottom of your “to-do” list.

I’ve found a few simple acts of self-care can have a big impact and lead to even more success, both personally and professionally.

1. Give yourself permission to be present. It’s easy to mindlessly float through a busy day. Even if it’s just for a minute, check in with yourself. Refocus on your priorities. Ask yourself, “What do I need to do today?” and then do it with intention. I bet when you take this moment for yourself, you’ll be more focused and productive.

2. Be your best self. Get a fresh haircut, for example. This isn’t about vanity — it’s about feeling good. When you look good, you feel good. And if you feel good, you’ll be even better for yourself and those around you.

3. Eat food that makes you feel good. I live my life by eating intuitively. I’m a strong believer that food is medicine and can positively impact all aspects of your appearance and life. I eat the foods that make me feel good, which may be different for you. Eat when you’re hungry, and until you’re full, and feel good about your choices.

4. Get to the spa. If a bi-weekly manicure keeps you focused as you sit at a desk and type all day long, get there. If your tired muscles need a little loving in the form of a massage, take an hour. If you’re feeling self-conscious about those smile lines and feel like your fatigue is written all over your face, it’s a facial you need. Would some consider these indulgences? Maybe. Think of it this way, it’s just an hour or so and can set you straight to tackle your “to-dos.”

5. Get active. Running, yoga, weightlifting or even a walk — do whatever feels good to you. Don’t find the time to exercise, make the time. The physical benefits to your health are a given — the mental break is a bonus.

The businesses we’ve built throughout the Columbus community were created to give people access to self-care. Be it salon or spa services, yoga and meditation, or even a healthy, plant-based meal or snack at our new concept, it’s all about accessibility. I’m honored to provide you with that access through our new brand, PENZONE Salons + Spas.

Find self-care act(s) that work for you and commit yourself. You deserve to take care of yourself without feeling guilty.


Debbie Penzone is president and CEO of Charles Penzone Inc. Debbie’s expertise as a business leader, hair professional and her avid philanthropy have earned her the respect of the salon industry and the nonprofit community.