Exploring the radical roots of self-care
Updated: Jan 26
I’ve been reading a lot more recently about the origins of self-care. I was really surprised to learn that it was initially used in the context of activism. A way to maintain energy and wellbeing to be able to carry on fighting the good fight for feminism. The commercialisation of self-care has resulted in it taking on a new meaning. One characterised by face masks, bubble baths and nail painting without consideration for the context it’s occurring in. There’s nothing wrong with any of those activities but conceptualising self-care more broadly can be helpful. Understand that your need for self-care may be different depending on what is going on in the world around you. Think about what types of practices enable you to cope with what is going on and fuel your efforts in working towards the change you want to see.