The self-care buzz is a beautiful thing.
I remember the first time I heard the term self-care. The year was 1992 and I was watching Oprah. She was chatting with a guest named Cheryl Richardson. During the conversation, Cheryl told Oprah that women should put themselves first on their to-do list. Some women in the audience looked mortified. I remember thinking, what on earth is she talking about -yourself first – what about your children? But once she explained, I understood. I went on about my twenty-year old business and I did not give much thought to the term after that.
That term came back and began haunting me around 38 years
What’s disappointing to me, however, is that there are people who go around trivializing the term because it’s become popular. I’ve heard some women say things like, “the term self-care is so common now”, “it’s become too buzzy”, “I’m tired of it ‘cause it’s so trendy”, “I don’t even use it anymore because so many people are using it.” Seriously?
We’ve been given this gift of awareness; awareness of a term (self-care) that can have a significant, positive impact on our wellbeing. Why would anyone want to denounce it because it’s no longer exclusive and has moved beyond the in-crowd? The beauty of what’s happened with the term-self care is the trickle effect. It’s going where it’s supposed to go; to the masses, to people who need it, to people who want it, to people who want to learn how to practice it, to people who’ve never heard of it. That’s cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned.
Hence, if the term is treated as a trend, and it goes out of style, know that it’s your children and the future generations who will suffer the consequences. Remember, our beautiful female ancestors suffered because they were taught to do for everyone else and leave themselves undone. We’ve been blessed to have this term brought into lives, we’d do very well to ensure it remains there.
All schools should incorporate self-care into their curriculum to teach children its value. It’s how we will create and maintain mindset changes for the future generations.
What are your thoughts about Self-care?
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.