The true cost of self care

By: Tawana Watson

Practicing self care is important for mental stability, Graphic by: Connor Mahon

Self care has become a popular concept among superstars; in fact, you can go on blogs and social media posts and see how the stars practice their very own unique self care rituals.  There are multiple quotes from stars such as American actress Tracee Ellis Ross that express their experiences with self care on their social media.

Ross stated on her instagram page, “Exercise helps make my body strong enough to do what I set my heart and mind to. I carry myself differently when I feel strong. I’ve always worked out and been active, and it’s one of the ways I care for myself: along with meditation, baths, eating beautiful things that make me happy, being silent, and being with friends and family. Self-care is one of the active ways that I love myself. When you can and as you can, in ways that feel loving, make time and space for yourself.”  

An ordinary person who happens to like Tracee Ellis Ross and follows her on Instagram may not be able to afford a personal trainer, or be able to go to a spa on a regular basis because let’s face it: an ordinary person’s financial situation is usually not the same as that of a movie star or singer. Therefore, celebrities’ posts regarding self care are overlooked. For an ordinary person the perception regarding self care is clouded with many dollar signs and often not further explored.  

So, is self care important for everyone and not just superstars? The answer to this question is yes.  The National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI) emphasizes the importance of self care for everyone.

It states, “To be able to care for the people you love, you must first take care of yourself. It’s like the advice we’re given on airplanes: put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else with theirs. Taking care of yourself is a valid goal on its own, and it helps you support the people you love.”

Self care is what it says it is—you take care of yourself.  Self care does not have to cost a dime (which for many is a deterrent to the practice) or it can cost millions of dollars. The only factor is you.  Self care can be as simple as binge watching your favorite television show, taking a hot bath or shower, reading a good book, drinking a cup of coffee, journaling, and the list can go on and on and on.  

Basically, self care is whatever makes you feel happy, relaxed and unstressed.  We enjoy watching the stars on social media and reading about their lives. Some of us are in awe and wonder at what they do and how they live, but self care is something we can easily do for ourselves as well.  All we need to do is pick something that we enjoy, set a time to do it and watch how it improves our lives.  So grab a book you have been wanting to read, or put on your favorite movie and get your self care On.