Self-care has become a buzzword in recent years, with countless articles, books, and social media posts promoting its importance.  If Facebook tries to sell me this aromatherapy machine one more time…While the concept of self-care is undoubtedly valuable, it has also been commercialized and oversimplified to the point where its meaning is often lost or just confusing.

One of the main issues with the current discourse around self-care is that it tends to focus on superficial activities. You see activites such as bubble baths, face masks, and retail therapy. While these activities can provide temporary relief from stress or anxiety, they do not address the root causes. Self-care should involve a holistic approach that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  It should also be something that is a natural part of our life in order to work in a proactive instead of reactive way.

Moreover, self-care should not be seen as a luxury or indulgence reserved for those who have ample time and resources. It should be accessible to everyone regardless of their socioeconomic status or circumstances. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked in mainstream discussions about self-care.

There is also a danger in promoting an individualistic approach to self-care without considering its broader societal implications. By solely focusing on personal well-being without addressing systemic issues such as inequality or environmental degradation, we risk perpetuating a culture of self rather than fostering collective care.

The concept of self-care has its merits but we also need to approach it critically and with nuance. We must include surface-level practices while recognizing that it can also involve addressing deeper issues and considering our impact on others and the world around us.

Relax for free.  Connect for free.  Every once in a while….take that bubble bath.