The women in our lives occupy many positions. They are our mothers, sisters, wives, friends, bosses, or even muses. And with the overwhelming expectations that come with being a woman, comes wellness as an answer to cope with it all.
The conversation of women and wellness is multi-layered.
On the one hand, we can assume that women are more prone to wellness out of a generalized prioritization of self-care. On the other hand however, we cannot ignore that that prioritization has been taught.
Women are constantly under a microscopic lens, where our appearance and attitude are, more often than not, scrutinized. How we show up to work, dinners, or any gathering, is immediately understood as a reflection of how well we’re doing. Our society expects women to always be the best versions of themselves, and industries have played an active role in maintaining that.
Although the cosmetic industry seems the most obvious target, the wellness industry has also played an integral part in that narrative. From marketing fit teas to hair vitamins, advertised notions of wellness set unrealistic standards and solutions to taking care of ourselves.
However, as women, our self-care goes way beyond our appearance.
The female experience is rooted in constant resilience, and as influencers continue to advertise appetite-suppressant lollipops, it’s imperative that we reclaim the narrative of how to define women and wellness.
As women, wellness means taking care of our mental health in the face of adversities that we experience every day by just being a woman in this society. It means taking days off from work when we’re on our periods. It means doing things for ourselves and our enjoyment, which is something that we’re not regularly pushed to do.
It’s not easy being a girl, and whenever you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, remember to be mindful, to take care of yourself however you see fit, and as the incredible Maya Angelou once said “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”