By Reilly Brady | Student Life

September 13, 2023

Colorful bath bombs, a nail file, lavender-scented fabric softener, self-tanner, and yoga pants with pockets — all items listed as “self-care” essentials by popular sites like Buzzfeed and E! News.

This language around self-care is not limited to Buzzfeed articles, and mental health practices seem to be regularly conflated with this particularly consumerist, individualistic approach to self-care. As Teen Vogue puts it, “self-care is all about what you make of it.” But that assertion cannot be true when self-care is often limited to its consumerist contexts and is stigmatized when expanded to include mental health accommodations that challenge existing structures and norms. Read more…

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