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...
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