"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."
- Audre Lorde.
Self Care Awareness apparel is all about prioritizing your own self care to create balance. It's about taking this simple but very important message and using apparel to spread the word.
Taking care of your physical, emotional and mental health has never been more crucial than it is today, with 1 in 5 Canadians experiencing mental health issues each year.
The most important issue around mental health at the moment, in addition to having the time to create balance, is having the confidence to get the word out.
As a culture, we are beginning to speak up and are learning that it's okay to talk about our struggles. Words have power and that's where self care awareness apparel comes in.
The idea is to begin a conversation surrounding mental health and what we do to maintain our personal wellness. Self care awareness apparel is for those of us that practice or wish to practice a mindful approach to increasing our wellbeing. It could be through a daily yoga practice, a morning run through the neighborhood or even just taking ten minutes to sit quietly each day.
How someone practices a healthy lifestyle is individualized and personal. The importance lies not in what you do for self care, but instead what it does for your overall state of happiness.
A movement has begun to promote and advocate for self care towards our physical, emotional and spiritual health. It's time to develop a deeper relationship with our own "self" and with others.
Open up the dialogue and take care of you.
This post is a collaboration between Sally Goncalves (Outta creator) and Victoria Simpson (writer based near Toronto). She writes for kids and currently blogs for adults. Follow her on Twitter @ToriAnnSimpson.