deinfluencing wellness: part 1
I am someone who has been deeply impacted by healthism and wellness culture impingements for years. How can we not be? The perfect/healthy/pure/well body has extended to my career in a number of ways, toxic professionalism being one of them. As a psychotherapist this has really taken a toll on the sustainability of my work. Recently my colleague and I wrote this piece speaking to the intersection of wellness culture dictates and care worker burnout. We Need Not Be Fine: A Manifesto for Mental health Care Workers Who Can't Go On Like This can be read here: https://medium.com/@kintsugitherapistcollective/we-need-not-be-fine-a-manifesto-for-mental-healthcare-workers-who-cant-go-on-like-this-2e939140c928
Such a good read!!
Yes! Thank you for writing this. I was deep into wellness too and believed it could somehow (if I just bought the right thing) fix me. It didn’t, and now I have so many unused vitamins and oils sitting around. The free, but slow, practice of being in my body has gotten me far closer.
I’m definitely in my “non-dairy” items will fix my body and mind phase. I’m like yeah forget those dairy products and take magnesium at night and drink lemon water and i’ll be okay. Is this wrong? 🙃 Someone help 😆
I never can sort through real advice and people trying to sell me things. I’m easily influenced, the real problem here.
yes! i spent most of my twenties in the cult of wellness and it messed me up. i’m still trying to unlearn the damaging beliefs i picked up there.
I stumbled across your Substack and so glad I did! It's so hard to know what it right for you, and the vast array of "influencers" and "wellness experts" out there don't make it any easier.
I just listen to my body now and after some trial and error I found out what works and what doesn't. I have to be vigilant and constantly remind myself I know what I am doing.
Appreciate your work here!!!
so incredibly grateful for you writing this, sharing your story, and just being you. i loved this so much!!! currently on a reading bender of all the books about the toxic wellness industry so this came at the most perfect time.
Thank you for linking me - first time hearing de-influencing.
I love that de-influencing is being talked about now. I love this post. Thank you, thank you <3
Ahh, the Goop episodes were so damn good!