What is self-care?
Bubble baths, face masks, and glasses of wine are likely what comes to mind when we think of ‘self-care’. Ah, the popular culture has a funny way of taking over certain phrases and making them into punchy, fun, buzzwords!
Now, that doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy a glass of pinot noir while soaking in tub every now and then! But, studies are starting to actually find hard evidence that human beings need proper ‘self-care’ for health reasons!
One UK study conclusively stated that self-care should be implemented into the larger healthcare systems to help alleviate the “rising tide of resources used associated with long-term conditions and to help prevent the future burden of lifestyle-related illness”.1
It makes sense. We live in a society that promotes hyper-productivity and makes us believe our productivity is actually tied to our self-worth. Now, why would capitalism do that?? (That’s another article for another time!)
The point is, the over-glorification of being busy has serious health risks. Experts say it takes a toll on our mental health and nervous system.2
Why don’t we practice more self-care?
So why do we do it? Why do we put additional stress on ourselves and refrain from slowing down? If the benefits for self-care are proven, let’s all just do it!
Well, one big reason is money. Some of us simply cannot afford to miss a day of work. The Canadian Payroll Association conducted a poll, and of nearly 5000 Canadians that were surveyed, 47% said they were living paycheque to paycheque.3
Now you might be thinking, so what? Work is only 40 hours a week, there’s plenty of time for self-care in there, on a weekly basis!
For starters, about 25% of all Canadian adults work longer than the traditional 40-hour work week4 and during a 2012 survey, results found nearly half (46%) of all Canadians over the age of 15, had or currently were caring for an aging or disabled family member or friend.5 If you yourself have ever cared for someone long term, you know that this is likely a part-time or even sometimes another full-time job, in which you are likely not being monetarily compensated for.
This isn’t even getting into the folks who are also studying on top of working full time, caring for children, volunteering or helping out in their communities.
Not to mention working even the most chill job 40 hours a week is still taxing on your health.
As you can see, there is very little time for self-care in today’s society. This is why many people believe in the 4 day work week structure.6
How to practice healing self-care – without splurging on bubble bath and wine!
Before you go OFF on us, it’s okay to splurge on bubble bath and wine!!! Especially when it’s local organic BC wine that involves solar panels and cute baby goats or charcoal blood orange fizzy bath soak! We like to support and promote local companies who have organic products that make you feel good!
However, that form of self-care is like level 1, we all need it, but what about the next steps? We’re talking next level self-care that can help you seriously live your best life.
1. Using time and attention as your most valuable assets.
Pay attention, to what has your attention! Are you mindlessly scrolling through Instagram on the daily? Put down your phone and start investing in your growth. Find a topic you’re interested in, and learn more about it! Want to cook more meals yourself? Take out cookbooks from the library, subscribe to a cooking class channel on YouTube and start devouring food podcasts and culinary shows.
Not only will this help your self-growth as a person, but truly investing your time and attention into topics you care about is a primo example of next level self-care.
Tip: Visit your local library or bookstore for the best resources to help with your explorations!
Tip #2: Turn your long commute into a learning opportunity by exploring podcasts or audiobooks.
2. Marie Kondo your life!
Marie Kondo, expert declutterer and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing now has her very own Netflix show which coincidentally dropped January 1st (new year new joy sparking??) and people are obsessed. While we recognize the benefits of Minimalism and promote many of its philosophies – you can read our take on Minimalism here – we do acknowledge this as a rather privileged methodology.
Not everyone can throw things away that don’t immediately ‘spark joy’ in their life! Many folks simply can’t afford to. Nor do we 100% agree with that idea entirely. It’s best to do what feels best for you and your life.
Asses your home and see if there are things you don’t use or need and see if you can sell them, donate them or maybe dispose of them. Experts suggest living in a tidy, organized and clean home has actual health benefits.7
Nonetheless, no single method is going to be perfect for everyone. So, keep on sparking joy, Marie!
3. Take care of your body
Feeding your body nourishing foods that make it feel good should be the foundation of your self-care. If you don’t know what foods those are, it might be worth working with a HAES Holistic Nutritionist to get creative in the kitchen and find out how to make delicious meals that will make you happy. If you can’t afford to work individually with a nutritionist right now, check out the recipes section on our website. Most of our recipes are simple, cost-effective and were crafted by a Holistic Nutritionist.
Tip: HAES means Health at Every Size. These practitioners understand that eating healthy and feeling good has nothing to do with weight loss, but rather achieving a healthy and happy self! As we know, health can and does exist at every size.
Moving your body in joyful ways is another foundational form of self-care. Walking, yoga, functional workouts (carrying groceries up the stairs, vacuuming, shoveling snow etc.) are all great ways to move with intention and tune out diet culture messages that so often appear in workout classes and fitness spaces. Movement is key.
Movement VS Exercise: You might see that we use the word movement instead of exercise or fitness. That’s because movement is a more comprehensive term that acknowledges all the physical work and play our body does! Exercise and fitness can be triggering words for folks, and they honestly just sound like chores to us! But movement is a magical word. No chore vibes there! 😉
Self-care that checks all the boxes!
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Take our PureFood A to Z for example; every teaspoon contains 20+ organic fruits, veggies, and superfoods. These nutritious and organic foods deliver nutrients to your body that promote health. Nutrients like; vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and more!
Getting your vitamins and minerals from food just makes sense. Hassle free Nutrition from Nature has never felt so good.
Tip: Our jars are amber tinted glass, perfect for reusing and removing single-use plastics from our earth. Sustainability is self-care, which means you’ll love our stainless steel reusable straws.
Dare to Self Care
We dare you to self-care, in all ways! From entry level bath soaks and organic wine to foundational nutrition and movement that makes you smile. Investing time in one’s own happiness and curiosity is time well spent.
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