I’ve been thinking a lot about the wellness industry lately — specifically as it relates to what we see on social media and in marketing — this idealized, almost utopian lifestyle for a specific (elite) demographic. You know what I’m talking about, right? Images and posts suggesting you must attend a $30 workout class 5x/week, wear $100 leggings, or come home to a throne of crystals with a $25 adaptogenic smoothie in tow in order to achieve true health and unlock your full cosmic powers. Of course, I understand that I choose who I follow, and I’m smart enough to know when something is curated or sponsored. Yet, I still feel like I’m missing this industry talk about the simplicity of self-care and wellness, which should be accessible and affordable to all.
At a recent event someone asked me, “What does wellness mean to you?” Without hesitation I said, “Wellness starts from within. It’s about connecting my mind to my body and making sure everything feels good. And if it doesn’t, getting honest with the ‘why’ and correcting course. It’s understanding what I need every single day to live life fully.” Frankly, when I feel good, I feel powerful. When I don’t feel good, everything in my life feels off. It’s as simple as that.
If you follow me on social media, you know I’m no stranger to the $30 workout class or the $100 leggings. I genuinely love a good pair of compression tights, and you cannot deny me of my weekly endorphin-fix via spin classes. However, I’m also very aware that these luxuries are only part of the equation — and firmly believe that true wellness starts from within. It starts with your mind — and spending time getting to know what your body needs, and listening and acting accordingly. It’s about unleashing the tools inside of us that allow us to decipher whether we’re making choices with intention, or filling voids. It gives us the power to understand the difference between what we want and what we need. This kind of self-care — mental clarity and awareness — is unique and sacred because it’s specific to you. It’s not something you can purchase from Instagram or your favorite boutique.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you don’t take the class, purchase the crystals, or drink the smoothie. But I am suggesting that you make choices with intention and remember that wellness and self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Truthfully, you have everything you need inside of you to take care of yourself if you’re willing to see it. Because I’m craving more honest, raw, and real conversations around wellness and self-care, I asked a handful of my friends and women I admire how they take care of themselves in a way that costs virtually nothing (or very little). And, of course, isn’t over-hyped online or on social media. Here’s what they had to say: