It takes discipline to maintain a self-care routine. Even though it’s typically marketed to us as a fun indulgence, the reality of self-care can be pretty tough to maintain regularly.
There are plenty of statistics on how many people feel stressed, how many people are diagnosed with depression, but there’s not a lot on how many people practice self-care. Most of the ones that exist are done by businesses that sell products that fall under the wide umbrella of things that might help with self-care, so you’d want to take those statistics with a grain of salt.
In general, people are giving more time and attention to self-care.
Before you laugh at me, Vice published a story in December 2018 about our obsession with self-care. At the time the piece was published, they shared that there were a formidable 9.5 million posts on Instagram tagged with #selfcare.
Now, almost a year later, there are 21.4 million posts on Instagram tagged #selfcare.
This isn’t a scientific study, this isn’t a control group, but it is a good indication that more people are realizing that you need to take care of yourself.
You’ve got to find your state of true relaxation.
Think about the things you do that you consider rejuvenating — then think about it again.
What can you do without the ghost of anxiety or guilt on you’re conscious?
What makes you the happiest?
Are you practicing any type of self-care?
What do you feel energized after doing?
I love catching up with friends and I enjoy visiting family, but one thing I’ve realized about myself is that as a very introverted person, I’m not truly relaxed in these situations. It’s not that I don’t have good relationships. I love spending time with my friends, but as an introvert, I just need that little bit of recharge time afterward.
It’s just that for me, true relaxation is in my own home, in pajamas, cuddled up with my partner and cats and nothing pressing on my agenda for the day.