General Article ‘Self-care’ is more than bubble baths

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health Book Volume: 395

Looking after yourself can include mundane tasks such as hoovering your bedroom regularly – not exclusively glamorous holidays abroad and spa days.

By Marina Politis

The term ‘self-care’ has become a buzzword recently, featuring heavily in the dialogue surrounding mental health.

It is often a hashtag accompanied by pictures of luxurious bubble baths or sunsets, or a proclamation of having started a new hobby, be this jogging, yoga or crocheting.

Although the increased acknowledgement of the importance in taking time for ourselves and prioritising our wellbeing is a positive, the conversation surrounding self-care still has a way to go, and our narrative surrounding it is not always solely constructive.

This is not to say that we should neglect self-care – it should always be a priority – but we need to expand our definition of what self-care is and think critically about the motivations behind our perceived self-care.

Self-care shouldn’t be a tool to mask what are underlying issues ...

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