Millennial Self-Care: Narcissism or Self-Preservation?

Millennial Self-Care: Narcissism or Self-Preservation?

An article recently surfaced posing the question, “Is self-care healthy or the ultimate in millennial narcissism?” Aside from having an instantly captivating title, the article asked the reader a valid question, is millennial self-care narcissistic?

What Is Self-Care and Why Are Millennials Taking the Hit for Practicing It?

Self-care is about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is care provided for you, by you. This could be anything from taking a quick walk or breathing deeply to getting a massage or going on a vacation. So why are millennials said to take advantage of self-care more than any other generation? A study published by the Institute of Educational Sciences found that it may have something to do with technology.

What Does the Internet Have to Do with It?

As it turns out, the Internet is the most often consulted health information resource for millennial students. Students use the web to identify self-care strategies, nutrition and fitness information, and alternative therapies. The students performing health related web searches reported that the Internet empowered their decision making process. Many millennials began their educational journeys with computers. So it’s no wonder the Internet is the first resource they turn to for learning.

Self-Improvement

People are continuously encouraged to seek self-awareness and be present enough to realize how their thoughts and actions impact themselves and others. This ongoing search for a deeper understanding of the self often drives people to self-improvement and preservation. Millennials in particular are in a growth stage of life, so of course self-improvement is a natural desire. But, when abundant time is spent pondering the self, this type of thinking could be considered narcissistic. But is it really?

Burnout

Self-care has been around for centuries. It isn’t some new phenomenon that millennials created, but the media and Internet made the term mainstream. Many people take time to practice self-care, not just younger generations, and why is this? For starters, how can someone give their best if they’re not feeling their best? Burnout really does exist, and most people have felt it at one time or another. Ever been exhausted, lacked motivation, or experienced cognitive problems and negative emotions? Maybe you’re burned out. People experiencing burnout perform at significantly lower levels than if they were refreshed and energized for what lies ahead. One way to overcome burnout is to listen to your body, and practice a little self-care.

There’s no definitive answer to whether self-care is selfish or benevolent. But there is scientific evidence suggesting that self-care is good for your mental and physical health.

 

Sources:
https://thefederalist.com/2017/06/13/is-self-care-healthy-or-the-ultimate-in-millennial-narcissism-yes/
http://www.fgwrc.ca/uploads/ck/files/Resources/Factsheets/FactSheetSelfCare.pdf
https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1095589
http://www.npr.org/2017/06/04/531051473/the-millennial-obsession-with-self-care?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170604
http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/health/why-self-care-not-selfish
https://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/04/01/10-signs-youre-burning-out-and-what-to-do-about-it/#258b81b5625b
http://amhcajournal.org/doi/abs/10.17744/mehc.32.3.0n31v88304423806

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