See Ya, Self Care!
It’s looking like the next trend in health is spending less time on health trends and for good reason! The trend of self-care had such great intentions. Taking time to step back and focus on your needs felt like a life-line that could only improve our lives. The movement urged us to add things to our lives that would benefit our physical health as well as our mental health.
Instead, for many, it has become yet another item on our over-full to-do lists. Another way to compare ourselves to others as we see selfies of people at the yoga studio, pictures of their keto/paleo/gluten-free homemade dinners, and their posts about how they feel so much better since adding in a mindfulness practice 3 times per day.
I am definitely not saying any of these things are bad, in fact, they are incredibly good! However, when the mentality switches to “I’m such a failure, I can’t believe I didn’t follow my keto diet today!” and “Why can’t I get my life together enough to add a yoga practice to my day?” self-care becomes a mental detriment instead of a healthy boost to our life. So, for good reason, the new trends are leaning more toward simplify, simplify, simplify!
It’s now time to get back to the basics of wellness! To spend less time looking at what everyone else is doing and to reduce your stress levels by throwing out the rules and live more intuitively. Go for a run or a walk instead of signing up for another HIIT Piyo class. Eat healthy foods without implementing so many rules around it. Go to bed on time. Simple things that you don’t have to research or add to an already busy schedule.
What self-care practices do you have that are actually creating more stress? Or maybe for you, self-care is that lifeline that is purely positive, if so, what things have helped the most?