General Article Sometimes self-care is doing the things you don’t want to do

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health

By Tanyel Mustafa

What does self-care look like to you?

Instagram’s answer is a bubble bath with candles lit and perfectly placed in the shot.

Sometimes, these things have their place in a self-care routine – a bath can serve to revitalise you and provide a moment of relief from stressful situations.

But we’d be duped if we believed that’s the epitome of self-care or that self-care is always indulgent, luxurious, pleasant.

For some people seeing this bubblegum version of self-care is damaging and compromises their view on their own self-care rituals, which for someone in a particularly difficult mental state, might be as simple as getting dressed in the morning.

Suddenly, that looks subpar to a rose-petal-filled hot tub.

Often the biggest drivers of change in a person’s life are born out of uncomfortable decisions, tough conversations, and actions that at first will cause upset.

As well as the pretty and aesthetically-pleasing side to self-care, there’s the ugly side that’s seldom s...

Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?

Sign up now for an immediate no obligation FREE TRIAL and view the entire collection