In my eyes, ideas of self-care have become convoluted paths to luxurious experiences or funnels through which substantial amounts of money are spent which only leads to increased stress in the long-term. For this reason it seems that we have drifted so far away from the fundamental basis of self-care; to create time and space for ourselves in which we can prioritise our health and happiness during which we answer to no-one but our own needs and desires.
Mainstream ideas about self-care have morphed away from prioritising the search for peace and love within ourselves to the prioritisation of material things, such as extortionately priced bath bombs and candles, so that our sessions of self-care will be ‘instagram worthy’. I frustrate myself when I realise that, in my pursuit of self-care experiences, I overlook and disregard the simplest of things which are usually the most enjoyable and rejuvenating:
- Sitting or reading a book under a tree with the sun shining upon you
- Dedicating time to reflective journalling so that you can listen to your mind once more
- Having a solid hour-long yoga session in which you set your practice intention to be calm and ease
- Cherishing a new bunch of flowers you cultivated in your garden or picked yourself
- Re-connecting with your all-time favourite book by re-reading it again and embracing the nostalgia which comes with it
- Changing your bed clothes and sheets so that you can indulge in the experience of clean, crisp material when you go to bed that night
All of these small and simple things are gentle and easy ways to re-energise yourself after you feel ground down by the daily toll of life. When you come to reflect on your efforts at self-care you can appreciate the simplicity you have introduced into your life through that process rather than burdening yourself with superficial extravagance.
‘There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth’ – Leo Tolstoy