Is Self Care ‘The New Trend’ for Self Love?
Being in a hate-love situation with your body is always tough and at any size. The Self Love/Self Care Movement congregates mostly of women and men tired of being oppressed by the society of today forcing us to look at Photoshop images of other people (that are happy, flawless, mentally always stable and nothing but, perfect.) expecting us to be OK with it. We have stood by enough and sang the tunes like caged canaries from companies for far too long.
I maybe stirring the pot, but, this also leads into a world of fierce leaders distributing Body Positivity, which is long past due and should have been around when I was younger! With Self Love and Body Positivity being two totally different topics all together; we’re just going to be sticking to Self Love in this post. Which leads us to the blogs title ‘ Is Self Care ‘The New Trend’ for Self Love?’.
Self Care is More Than What it Seems
With mental health issues now being more closely evaluated and cared for we still have people who don’t quiet understand. Stating that you should just get over it like they did. Though, clearly they didn’t when every little thing sets them off. Taking care of your self is most definitely a priority and needs to be connected into a routine in not only your life, but, others as well. I believe this will lead to a much better future not only for us but for our offspring to.
What does Self Care actually mean to me? Self Care means doing things you should be doing already for yourself without the ‘trend’ going into place. Doing things for yourself that you should always keep doing; before and after the academic of this ‘trend’. Like eating properly, going to the doctor (instead of putting it off), showering regularly and taking naps if your body is insisting that you take a nap. These are just a few things that hit the tip of the iceberg. Self Care also revolves around your mental health and helping you to feel better. Realizing what you do do for yourself is enough for now and having goals to pursue more care in the future. Not just every ones care around you. But, YOU!
“Self Care also revolves around your mental health and helping you to feel better.”
This is all coming from someone who has no medical degrees at all and has just suffered with depression, anxiety and PTSD since an early age. The Self Love Movement starts with identifying whom you are and realizing your worth in this world. We all have a part and not one person is more significant or better than the other. Taking time out of your day for just yourself and relaxing can help you tremendously.
A Few Small Examples of Self Care
Some examples of Self Care in the Self Love Movement are taking a bubble bath, breathing slowly in a area where there is only you and trying new face masks. Just like I did in this post when I decided to be adventurous and try a new face mask myself ‘How This Product from Mario Badescu Erased My Blackheads in One Use!’. Taking just five minutes even for yourself a day can contribute to your Self Care. I also understand we feel as though we don’t have enough time in the day for just five minutes to ourselves. But, we both know that isn’t true. You can make time.
Driving on your way to work you can motivate yourself and tell yourself your worth is irreplaceable. Placing inspirational images/pictures on your walls reminding you of who you are and displaying them in areas you know you will read them several times through out the day. Those seconds reading those pictures add up. Heck even keeping lotion in the bathroom with calming lavenders or your favorite scents can help. Sniffing the lotion as you rub it into your skin once or twice a day when you enter the bathroom can change the effect of your mood entirely.
“Placing inspirational images/pictures on your walls reminding you of who you are and displaying them in areas you know you will read them several times through out the day.”
So Is Self Care ‘The New trend’ for Self Love? I truly hope not. Taking care of you first should always be at the top of your list. Life shouldn’t be boring and make you sad. Putting yourself on the back burner and catering to others constantly isn’t any life to lead. Yes, helping others is rewarding and genuinely pleasing to the soul. But, taking care of yourself is also needed. Even if it is just five minutes total.
If It Is a Trend, Maybe It Will Stick Around?
A trend is just something that goes away over time until the next trend. Self Care should have been brought up in the limelight a while a go, not just as a fancy Instagram set. Even if it is a ‘trend’ now, maybe it will stick. A reminder that recovering is OK. Leading to more journeys on social media and helping others as you help you. If it is a ‘trend’, I sincerely hope that when it is over we are still valuing ourselves and understanding that we need self care daily without it being a ‘trend’. Be it mental self care or physical.
“A reminder that recovering is OK.”
What are some ways you practice your Self Care through out the day? Maybe your routine or regimen can help your fellow reader identify with the Self Love they need to be giving to themselves daily. Remember these are my opinions and not me telling you, you should do this. You should always do what is best for yourself first and not follow someones word on your self care. And as always, thank you for reading!
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