Why Self-Care is So Much More Than Self-Interest

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Photo by Brooke Cagle

There’s something sweet about watching people today indulge in positive words, face masks, bubble baths, and yoga to feel good about themselves. But as lovely as this trend of self-care appears to be, the type of self-care that covers your Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter feed is only the tip of the iceberg.

Self-care isn’t about avoiding your problems and treating yourself to an expensive spa day or night out with friends to get away from the stress of day-to-day life. Self-care is going head-on to whatever challenges you to make you a better person. 

It could be sweating through a workout that you think is hard but reminding yourself how good you’ll feel afterwards. It could be telling a toxic person in your life that you don’t want to see or talk to them anymore because you realise, deep down, that their presence only tears you down instead of building you up.

It could be pushing through or asking for extra hours at work – or even a second job – that will help you earn more money for savings, bills, tuition, and just about anything that steers you down a path of financial security. 

Or it could be deciding to make a change that will have a long-term effect on your wellness.

Remember, consumer self-care may be appealing at first, but it will not mend your needs. A charcoal mask rinses off in five minutes, and the softness of your skin could last another five. Is that life-changing?

True self-care is reevaluating yourself, looking at everything in front of you, weighing the good and the bad, taking charge of your actions until you find a routine you can handle and enjoy. Here are five not so typical self-care tips for a healthy mind, body and soul. 

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