Self-care often gets a bad rap. For some, the phrase conjures images of so-called “selfish” pleasures. Think: eating chocolates and drinking a glass of wine while soaking in a bubble-filled tub; jetting off to a tropical island to bask in the sun and sip fruity cocktails; indulging in weekly massages and manicures. For others, self-care feels more like a marketing term, designed to entice you to buy into the latest wellness trend or fitness craze.
We aren’t here to tell you that those activities are bad, or even that they aren’t valid forms of self-care. But if that’s your only definition of self-care, you’re missing the bigger picture. In its purest form, self-care is simply what we do to care for ourselves — physically, mentally and emotionally. And there’s nothing selfish about that!
Of course, every person is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all standard when it comes to self-care.