Is Your Self-Care Routine Getting The Better Of You?

Is Your Self-Care Routine Getting The Better Of You?

Posted by Lynn Power on

A paradoxical truth about the wellness field is that it’s become an industry. Most people wouldn’t consider corporate marketing relaxing or emotionally fulfilling. But of course, that’s a relatively cynical perspective. After all, the medical industry is an industry, and it’s responsible for saving millions of lives from various ailments and providing a better quality of life for almost all of us.

That being said, if you’re not careful, it’s quite easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need the latest and greatest products to feel your best self. That’s not to say such products won’t help you, only that having every single supplement on your shelf, or a routine of taking forty pills each morning is probably not conducive to your best health.

If you enjoy wellness and self-care, it’s easy to overdo it. We’re human after all, and not lab experiments. By all means experiment (with the tacit approval of your doctor), just make sure you don’t go overboard. If you feel your self-care regime has gotten a little out of hand, don’t worry, you’re not alone. You might find some value in the following advice, instead:

Cycle Your Routines
Like most things, the body and mind can become desensitized if the exact same self-care routines are practiced indefinitely without change. After all, you wouldn’t expect to eat the same meal every day for a year, you might be into certain recipes right now, and switch them out later depending on taste and dietary needs.

As such, cycling through different wellness practices and workout routines every few months helps introduce an element of novelty. Perhaps you’ve been going through work stress CBD can help you with. Maybe in the winter, you can up your Vitamin D intake. This way, you avoid taking everything forever all at once, even if basics like a multivitamin are good to have on hand as a baseline.

Track Your Spending
It’s in the interest of every company ever to get you to spend more on their goods. That means wellness firms have a vested interest in causing you to feel less well until they provide what you need. 

While complete cold turkey isn't necessary, being mindful of how much is spent monthly on new herbs, supplements, athletic wear, etc. is wise. This way you have a solid parameter you can work from, instead of thinking everything is just as useful as anything else.It also adds a limit to how much you buy.

Track Your Time
From skincare to exercise to makeup routines to beauty treatments to salon work, it’s good to track just how much of your time is spent on wellness. Of course, having a gym routine and managing your skin health are hardly bad habits. But if you find that your only actual hobby is wellness despite having acceptable levels of free time outside of work, it might be worth letting yourself get out there and try something new. After all, caring for your body is not just the only wellness effort, sometimes you have to nurture your soul through fun. That’s a form of wellness too.

 

With this advice, you’ll be certain to stop your self-care regime getting the better of you.

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