A Case For Redefining Daily Self-Care
Why you need to re-evaluate your self-care routine
Self-care has become a trendy word, generally associated with face masks and jade rollers. It has even become a bit of a joke; seen by many as an excuse invented by entitled millennials to push off necessary tasks in the name of self pampering. Self-care is a hashtag, it’s a trend, it’s something goofy we say we should do on Sundays cause, well, why not?
The self-care movement is about more than excuses and self-entitlement though. By definition, self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. True self-care goes way deeper than slapping on a face mask and sipping wine at noon on a Wednesday – which is great, but not everything. Self care is a need, not a want, and it is our responsibility to find a way to mix it into our daily routines.
Our mental well-being, physical health, and skin health all need to be addressed in the pursuit of self-care. True self-care means balancing the care of our skin with the care of our minds. The latter of which has become grossly neglected.
We all know which products to use to improve our skin on the surface level, which workouts to do to build our muscles, and which foods to eat to improve our physical health, but what about our psychological health? Bubble baths are great for relaxation; for temporarily letting go of stresses and frustrations, but what about when we get out of the bath and life starts nipping at our heels again?
Clinical psychologist Guy Winch, PhD describes a story in his TedTalk about a woman who went on a date with a man she felt was very interested in her. Ten minutes into the date he said ‘I’m not interested’ and left. She was so hurt and devastated she couldn’t move. So, she called a friend and her friend said, ‘What did you think would happen? You have big hips and you have nothing interesting to say, why would a handsome man go out with a loser like you?’
Shocking, right? What kind of friend would say such horrible things? Winch then goes on to say, ‘but, it would be much less shocking if I told you it wasn’t the friend that said that, it’s what the woman said to herself’.
That type of cruel self-talk isn’t unique to that particular woman’s experience. We’ve all spiralled down the drain of negative self-talk, especially when we’re feeling hurt, rejected, or vulnerable. The amount of make-up we apply, the amount of procedures we get, weights we lift, clothes we buy, or bubble baths we take won’t heal those cruel words. Those things will only mask our mental and emotional un-wellness.
Now, more than ever, we need to redefine our practice of self-care. We need to stop skirting around the concept of meditation and affirmations. We need to commit to the transformative self-care exercises that address our mental-wellbeing, and take them as seriously as we take our work-outs and multi-step skincare routines.
The irony with taking our mental wellness as serious as our outer appearance is that when we commit to healing our insides, it directly affects our outsides. Reducing stress and anxiety reduces inflammation, which therefore reduces puffiness and redness on our skin. It also reduces our cortisol levels, which benefits our gut health and metabolism. Not to mention how committing to emotional self-therapy can improve our sleep, which plays a role in everything from our moods, to our collagen production, to our weight.
All that said, the key to transforming our self-care routines and practices is commitment. Nothing happens overnight. Changing thought patterns takes time and consistency. When we want to heal our emotional and psychological health, we need to show up every day. We need to commit to our meditation, or journaling, or empowering self-talk routines, as well as our skincare and fitness routines.
We are made up of a million moving parts, and each of those parts are intrinsically linked. Spot treating only one of those parts won’t work, and no matter what the trend shows, spot treating alone is not self-care. So, let’s amplify our self-care and start incorporating daily routines for not only our skin and physical health, but for our mental health too.
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