Self Care…we hear this term all around daily life and especially on social media; but have you ever stopped to think about what these two words really mean?


No, self-care is not just doing a face mask on a Friday night instead of going to the bar with friends, having a bubble bath and drinking a glass of wine or drinking a green smoothie that tastes like grass.


Self care usually entails doing the unimaginable task of facing our truth. It is taking down the wall we have built and facing our demons head-on in the hope that we can heal. It is looking these monsters straight in the face so that we can live a life we don’t feel the need to run away from.


I’ll admit, I’ve spent too many nights alone in bed watching Legally Blonde eating twice my weight in junk food and thinking to myself; “I wish I could be as bad a** as Elle Woods” but after about the tenth time watching the movie in a week I finally came to realize it was when Elle Woods acknowledged her priceless self-worth and took action against the root of her problems that she succeeded.

sometimes we carry our demons for so long, we forget how to live without them.”

Maggie @ UOttawa

I think we can learn a lot from this. We can only get our nails done and go to the spa so many times before we realize that self-care is more than just masking our pain with distraction. It is learning to set boundaries with our relationships, learning to ask for help, climbing and acknowledging the mountains we face day after day and forgiving ourselves and others for the past we’ve lived.


Don’t let this discourage you though. Sweating our way through very uncomfortable yoga poses and eating chocolate bars can be very important as well; however, only if they make you happy. I’ve learned that sometimes we carry our demons for so long, we forget how to live without them. We have to learn what we love and are passionate about to maintain the progress we’ve achieved through the ugly process of self-care.


So what does this mean for us? Continue to go to yoga, drink that glass of rosé and do things that make you happy. But don’t forget to also face your truth, whether through self-reflection or therapy, because it is with a healthy balance of the two that self-care is truly achieved.

Until next time insiders,



OttawaU Jack.Org Chapter Marketing Executive

Honours Health and Science Major

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