Self-Care is So Much LESS than Bubble Baths and Smoothie Bowls.
Lately, the internet has been obsessed with things like taking luxurious bubble baths foamed with bath bombs, going to the gym dressed in cute workout gear after enjoying a #glutenfree smoothie bowl, and giving yourself a DIY charcoal-peel face mask, labeling it “self-care”. While these are wonderful ways to pamper and care for yourself, they make it seem like self-caring actions are only those that are Instagram-worthy.
In reality, self-care is so much more, or even, so much less than that. It isn’t always glamorous or exciting. In fact, self-care is as simple as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, eating a balanced diet, and exercising moderately. With all the mixed messages about self-care, it can be intimidating and complicated to do what our body and brain is asking of us and feel that we are actually doing enough.
When cleaning our home or making dinner, we should celebrate and thank ourselves. Such activities may feel like they’re expected from us and don’t deserve praise, but they are the most basic form of self-love. If you have dealt or are dealing with a mental illness, you may understand how the littlest types of self-care, like getting out of bed and drinking a glass of water, are mountainous tasks; self-care is usually the last thing on your mind and the least desirable to do. But it is during those times when you must remind yourself that every act of self-care, no matter how small, is a victory. You are worth being cared for and you are worth the self-love, even if you don’t feel or believe it.
So celebrate when your friends and family take care of themselves! Let’s make it a vow to focus on caring for ourselves and appreciating ourselves for it, as well as reaching out to help others when their own self-care feels like too mighty of a task.
Written by Heather Ehnert, Communications & Advocacy Intern