Stop Glorifying Self Care

Your self care doesn’t have to be instagrammable. Self care is not one-size-fits-all; it needs to respond to your needs. Self care can be anything that nourishes you in the present or encourages future goals.

Sometimes self care is boring, like paying your bills, cleaning your home, booking a therapy session, or taking a shower. Sometimes self-care doesn’t look peaceful and serene; your self care might look like an intense workout, playing a video game, or going for a drive and listening to music. Consider your own needs before your IG feed.

Here’s your gentle reminder that your self-care still matters, even if it doesn’t look fancy or instagrammable. Self care is much more than bubble baths and candles (although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those things); what matters is that it works for YOU and responds to YOUR needs.

Today, my self care was going for a run and enjoying a nice home cooked meal. What will you do or did as self care today? What is your favourite form of self care?

51 Comments Add yours

  1. 🌻 says:

    Love this and agree 100% self care for me is a face pack and a book for 10 mins!

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    1. GS says:

      Ah books 👍🏼👍🏼

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  2. Definitely a great point. It’s not how you self-care but that you self-care. Self-care is about meeting your needs mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; making sure that you don’t fall into the cracks as you care for the others around you. Also includes, setting and keeping your boundaries. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked the post. The term ‘self-care’ is so tricky because in this day and age, any sort of phrase gets co-opted so quickly. It’s hard to separate the true meaning of it through all of the marketing noise swirling around it. It’s not just about taking baths and doing your nails. It’s about finding processes in your life that make you the most productive and happiest version of yourself. Making lists the night before is my go-to. If I don’t do a list the night before, I feel entirely lost with what the next day holds, and I wake up with a lot of anxiety.

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      1. Lol…I have my own lists. However, if that’s what it takes to be our best selves, so be it. Prayer is my most effective self-care. I feel so out of place when I haven’t put God first.

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      2. GS says:

        Prayer is beautiful addition

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  3. ‘My self care still matters even if it do not look fancy or instagrammable’
    Wow🥰

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    1. GS says:

      👍🏼👍🏼

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  4. Keeping myself clean and neat (clean nails, hair, and clothes) is my favorite form of self-care.

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    1. GS says:

      Definitely. The old saying goes Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Personally proper hygiene to me is quite crucial, firstly so you won’t smell bad like a skunk, secondly because we do shed off thousands of cells a day, best to keep yourself clean.

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  5. Listening to what I need and responding to it. Rest, sleep, workout, a book that stimulates me intellectually, a long shower, honing a skill, staying in clean environments and anything that puts me in winning positions.

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    1. GS says:

      Listening to your self and understanding what it needs is so important. Thank you for reminding me of the simple things in life.

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  6. Aish says:

    Totally agree.

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  7. Thank you!! Whenever I was trying to make my self care instagrammable, I ended up spending more time on aesthetic than actually relaxing.

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    1. GS says:

      Ah we all have fallen into that trap sometime or other. I understand where you are coming from

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  8. lee says:

    Enjoying a nice meal at home

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    1. GS says:

      Ah, a home-cooked meal. Nothing beats a home cooked meal.

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  9. Amel Ouji says:

    Great post! I really appreciated your mention that self care does not have to be instagrammable. Sometimes it’s just staying at home enjoying a movie. Thank you for that. Hope you have a great day.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Amel.

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  10. I couldn’t agree more with you more. Self-care is super important and comes in a variety of forms. Today however, unlike other days, my self-care will be instagram worthy. I’ll just be getting my nails 💅 done.

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    1. GS says:

      Ah, wonderful.

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  11. AlelaSpace says:

    This is so true. Mine involves me cleaning, reading some book and just listening to some good music while doing nothing at that particular moment. I always say if it’s being Instgrammed I hope they are actually getting that self-care.

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    1. GS says:

      Oh, decluttering is a big one. It is an easy way to reduce stress, decluttering your environment may be a good place to start. Getting rid of excess stuff can benefit your mental health by making you feel calmer, happier, and more in control. A tidier space can make for a more relaxed mind.

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  12. kindfeelings says:

    Self care is like a breath of fresh air.

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    1. GS says:

      The right self-care practices or the ones that appeal to us definitely are.

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  13. Geena says:

    A mid-day tea break and my novel

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    1. GS says:

      Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you agree Saania.

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  14. I couldn’t agree more. We are definitely overdoing it and often try to force what works for us on others. Everyone should take their time and reevaluate what self-care means to them at a personal level.

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    1. GS says:

      I agree. scrolling through #wellness TikToks or my Instagram feed, I’m often reminded of how easy it is to get so obsessive about eating “clean” that it actually becomes stressful. The irony, of course, is that stress is bad for us too–including over-stressing about food. Its a vicious cycle.

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      1. That is very true. Obsessing about things on social media is creating a situation where people want to be like their peers. It is causing a lot of pressure and turning into a source of stress for millions of people if not billions.

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      2. GS says:

        Absolutely, And it’s leading to serious mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. The potential causes of social media-induced stress range from misinformation about current news to the “fear of missing out” (FOMO) on group gatherings you’re not a part of.

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  15. Jupiterrose says:

    Hello, GS! Been looking for your posts. Hope all is okay. ❤

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    1. GS says:

      Hi Jupiter, I apologise for my absence. Let’s just say I need some time to figure out how to get out of this slump. But I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your message and concern. Reading your message at this time is a blessing. Thank you for making me smile.

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      1. Jupiterrose says:

        I’m glad you are okay. I’m so sorry you are in a slump. If there is anything I can do to help just say the word. I am on Twitter if you ever need to talk. (I have great ears) ❤

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      2. GS says:

        Oh, that’s very kind of you. I would love to follow you on twitter. Could you share your handle name, please? Thank you

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      3. GS says:

        Couldn’t find you. See if you can find me at @garimapersonal

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      4. Jupiterrose says:

        I’m glad we connected. ❤

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  16. Qonyike says:

    Self care doesn’t have to be instagrammable. Wise words

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  17. Audrine Max says:

    great post and i completely agree.

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked the post

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  18. BJ says:

    Indeed, we’re not to glory the flesh, yet we are to take care of ourselves. Nonetheless, we’re to glorify God, for all glory belongs to God.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes 🙌🏼

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  19. Yhhh you’re right!
    My self-care doesn’t have to be instagrammable or post worthy.
    It just has to be what works for me as an individual.
    Thanks GS.

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome Braimah. Glad you liked the post

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked the post Desiree

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