“Go on girl, do something for you!”
If you’re a woman juggling any sort of work/life/family mayhem, you’ve likely been met with these mandates and others like them.
And while I’m in full support of the sentiment, lately, I’ve been finding the pressure to squeeze in activities aimed at stress reduction, well, kinda stressful.
A rare gap in my schedule was an opportunity to squeeze in one or even two such supposedly relaxing practices. I’d race to a yoga class, book a massage, or go to a fitness class – all lovely things, that are a privilege to access. Except instead of making me feel rejuvenated, I was finding myself coming back to work and mumming even more exhausted.
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I had struggled to find a park and ran in late to yoga, I felt guilty for spending upwards of $100 on a massage, or I had pushed my body to pump out a workout when all it wanted was to rest.
There are infinite activities sold to us as essential steps in our pursuit of that ever-elusive state: wellness. Meditation, breathwork, reiki, acupuncture, yoga, health retreats, salt room therapy, infrared saunas… Oh my! Nowadays, these therapies and a boundless array of offshoots are what many of us have come to rely on as self-care.