A gorgeous mix of reds and oranges with a message. In an individualistic culture, self-care becomes important because a community that cares is lacking. It’s also often weaponised to blame those who don’t have the time and resources to indulge in self-care for their own subsequent distress and illness.
When people say “Self-care is so important!” the context matters hugely. When it’s a friend offering to help you out so you can catch a break it can be kind and thoughtful because their actions are consistent with caring. Although, since this actually requires a friend, perhaps it isn’t really just self-care?
If it’s your employer telling you it’s your responsibility to look after yourself even as they overwork and underpay you, making this impossible, that’s icky and blame-shifting. Systems use people up, discarding them, then penalising those harmed with social stigma and guilt. (Burnt out? Well, you should have looked after yourself!!!)
It’s similar with strangers. Are the people who comment such things but do nothing actually contributing to anyone’s well-being or just absolving themselves of responsibility for their part in the exploitation? “Self-care is so important!” is the “thoughts and prayers” of burnout. I’m sure many of you have experienced this…
A superwash treated sock yarn. Spun from 75% merino wool that’s soft and warm with 25% nylon for enhanced durability. Around 420 metres per 100g skein. Suitable for 2-3mm needles or hook.
This yarn is presented as a skein. If you would like it caked then this adds 24h to the dispatch time and you can purchase this service here: