Workout of the Day

Let's Make Self-Care Cool Again

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It's a bit silly, I think, but true nonetheless that we're more inclined to celebrate self-sacrifice and self-neglect than we are to celebrate self-care. We glorify the stereotypes of the self-sacrificing parent who sets aside their own health for the care of their children, or the driven, at-all-costs business-owner who never puts down their work for long enough to take care of their own physical and mental well-being. We give approving nods of respect to friends and coworkers when they mention that they only got a few hours of sleep because they were working so late on finishing a project for work. Parents who take time away from their children to care for themselves are met with subtle (or sometimes not-so-subtle) jabs from friends or family who remind them how important it is that they’re around for the kids during this important time in their development. And so the beast is continually fed -- the self-neglecting behaviors are socially rewarded and made out to be the “right” choice while self-care, though not explicitly condemned, is left out to dry.

I don’t think I need to explain why this is bad. Yes, of course parents should care for their children. Yes, of course it is important to apply one’s best effort in any venture, be it business or school or whatever else. Yes, of course sacrifice is sometimes necessary. That’s not even the conversation.

But what if we made self-care cool again? What if, instead of glorifying Todd as he drags his tired body through the office after an all-nighter putting the finishing touches on that very important business thing, we gave Todd high-fives when he came into work looking refreshed, engaged, and mentioned that he took the weekend to go backpacking and reset his mind? What if, instead of shaming the mother who leaves her child with a sitter for a few hours while she goes out to get brunch and go for a run with a friend, we celebrated her choice to give herself time to care for herself physically and emotionally? After all, a neglected body and mind is an awfully unproductive tool, in the workplace, in the home, or wherever.

Let’s take back the decision to care for and prioritize one’s own well-being. Care for yourself, and start celebrating those who do the same.

- PS


5/23/18

  • 8 min AMRAP

    • 10 power snatch (95/65)

    • 10 hand release push-ups

    • 200m run

  • Rest 2 mins

  • 8 min AMRAP

    • 5 power snatches (135/95)

    • 5 handstand push-ups

    • 200m run