So, here's the skinny on self-care.
‘Self-care’ is one of the most highly circulated phrases of the year with its trend status right on par with avocado on toast.
Hashtags, captions and vibes - totally disowning myself after that one - praise the theme, but is all this promotion and need to prove your ‘Self-Care Sunday’ completely diverging from the true meaning of the practice?
Simply posting a picture with a hot chocolate and declaring you are engaging in self-care is distracting you from enjoying the present moment, along with the strongly felt obligation to showcase your life being the addiction leading the problem.
The main reason self-care has become so prominent is largely at the hands of technology and modern society’s inability to switch off from a constant flow of bright screens. Increasingly pressurised work environments and costs of living also behave as stressors pushing us into overdrive and catalysing the need to relax.
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Understanding the importance of proper self-care in order to recharge and reemerge energised is crucial today in light of the anxiety uprising. Equally, steering clear of smartphones and laptops for a couple of minutes each day to focus on another activity truly relieves built-up daily tension and boosts self-confidence - less comparing, more gratitude.
Self-care is a tricky route where repetition is key. Unfortunately, a cookie-cutter Instagram post won’t quite suffice, no matter how many validating likes and messages it receives. In proper support for the movement, listed below are a couple of phone and Netflix-free self-care ideas you can try and rave about - afterwards. Enjoy!
Don’t be alarmed, exercising is not only beneficial after a rigorous, boot camp sweat session, but any sort of movement. A gorgeous winter walk in the park with your dog, or listening to a podcast and experiencing honest enjoyment from being out in nature does wonder’s for the soul and quietens the mind. If you really want to unwind from a crazy day filled with racing thoughts, yoga is an excellent form of exercise that focuses on breathing and flexibility, it might just take a couple of tries to get into it. Namaste.
Good food doesn’t always need to translate as the healthiest possible option. For self-care, your favourite food suits best. Remembering not to overindulge so that you feel unwell and to establish balance within your diet steadies emotions and maintains a happy mood. Not being too strict with yourself quashes the mentality of deprivation and poor eating habits. With that in mind, go eat all the pizza.
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Whatever your definition of pampering is, be sure to prioritise moments of self-indulgence. Whether you enjoy getting your nails or hair done, retail therapy or a boujee trip to the spa, little acts demonstrating appreciation for oneself are the ultimate forms of self-care. Feeling your best increases confidence and adds a sense of momentum for you to own your day.
Despite conversation fluidity and people skills significantly declining due to lack of practice in the digital era, socialising is a fundamental aspect of being human. While independence is similarly championed, constant isolation will only cause severe anguish and mental harm. Self-care through physical meetups such as coffee with friends and spending time with family generates peace of mind and a much-needed sense of security. Energies among people are contagious, for the most part, a text message is not good enough, no matter how many emojis are used.
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