There's been a lot of good initiatives in the world, from social media, allowing long-distance connection and sharing, to positive (strength-focussed) psychology, to helping people in the developing world with food, tools, initiatives.
But sooner or later we seem to always push it too far, and we add 'toxic' to it: The toxic impact social media has on mental health, the toxic way positive psychology is used (by some) to silence your negative feelings, the toxicity of the saviour-complex when celebrities spotlight impoverished places.
Now, self-care can join the ranks.
It's all the rage. It's shouted from the roof tops but then you don't feel better about your (toxic) work stress after a bubble bath and you hate on yourself. Why can't you succeeded at self-care? you question.
All good initiatives are good as long as you don't use them for control and manipulation (social media), or to shame yourself or others (positivity and self-care) and good initiatives stay good when you're committed to truly helping others and don't just do it for the selfies and applauds (fake generosity).
You control the narrative, so use it for good.
Your life, your choice!
This is a daily, micro-blog, taking less than 2 minutes to read, offering you insights into how presumptions, beliefs and stories shape our lives and worldview, for better or worse.