The confusing self-care movement

The confusing self-care movement

There's a lot of chatter about "self-care". Between wellness and beauty companies promising to release feel-good endorphins with every product and being told to take more baths and learn to meditate, it can be confusing to determine what "you" time really should be—and shouldn't be. 

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This Is What Self-Care Actually Is—and What It Isn't

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What benefits you mentally and physically may not be the same for your best friend or colleague or partner.

At the core of the self-care movement is the need to renew your spirit, to choose activities—or a complete lack thereof—that help you feel both relaxed and rejuvenated. Self-care is ultimately about taking a pause to do what you need to to be happier, calmer, and healthier.

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Self-care isn't spending all our money on shopping therapy, having an extra drink because we 'deserve it' after a hard day, or taking too much time away from our responsibilities for an expensive spa day or trip.

When we make these excuses for ourselves, we aren't reaping the real benefits, since they provide instant gratification without a long-lasting impact.

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How to Get a Good-Night Sleep
  • Have a regular bedtime.
  • Protect your sleep time by saying no to late-night commitments- especially if you know you have a big day following.
  • Invest in good sheets- you deserve them!
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark and cool. 
  • Pamper yourself with an essential oil diffuser and soothing sleep music.
  • Try paid apps like Calm or Aura for sleep stories, meditations, and sound therapy.

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Balancing Self-Care With Caretaking

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Self-compassion is something we should be practicing every day, but the reality is that a lot of people struggle even to define what it means.

Self-compassion is the act of noticing when you're struggling, recognizing that's actually part of being human, and being kind to yourself rather than beating yourself up.

Self-compassion builds resilience , which helps us withstand the challenges of life. “It allows us to weather difficulty without sending us into a spiral of self-criticism or self-blame or shame.” That’s one way that it promotes psychological well-being.

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Self-Compassion: What It Is and How to Get Better at It | Everyday Health

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The comodification of self care.

A lot of self-care rhetoric has gotten mixed into the rise of “treat yo self” mentalities.

This is unsurprising, as capitalism likes us all best when we’re spending money. Our economic system is supremely skilled at neutralizing threats by turning them into commodities.

It’s had a lot of success in doing the same thing to the feminist movement, and it’s absolutely running wild with “self-care.”

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“Self-Care” Traps I Fell Into (And How I Got Out)

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