Global Perspectives on Self-Care: How People Around the World Prioritize Well-Being - by Kin Aesthetics

Global Perspectives on Self-Care: How People Around the World Prioritize Well-Being

Posted by Sarah Kinsler-Holloway on

The work-life balance has always been a struggle for me.  I'm sure many solo estheticians can relate.  However, I am trying to find ways to stay more balanced, more in the moment, and enjoy life to the fullest. 

This desire sent me on a spiral a couple of weeks ago while planning an upcoming trip. I started to wonder what people in other countries do to practice self-care.

If you don't know, I have a bachelor's degree in Applied Anthropology. I've always been fascinated by people, cultural differences and lifestyle choices.

What constitutes as "self-care" and how it's practiced is undoubtedly influenced by lifestyle, traditions, and available resources, but what's interesting is regardless of where we're from, we all need and desire something that grounds us. 

In Japan, self-care is often centered around traditional practices like soaking in hot springs (onsen), practicing meditation and mindfulness, and participating in tea ceremonies. The Japanese also have a concept called "forest bathing" or Shinrin-yoku, where people spend time in nature to reduce stress and improve well-being.  

Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine from India, emphasizes self-care practices to promote balance and harmony within the body and mind. Practices such as yoga, meditation, and incorporating specific herbs and spices in daily life are common ways to practice self-care in India.

In Sweden, the concept of "lagom" promotes a balanced approach to life. Swedes often engage in outdoor activities and spend time in nature, even during the colder months. Saunas and regular exercise are also popular self-care practices.

In Brazil, self-care often involves staying connected with family and friends and enjoying social gatherings. Brazilians place great importance on relaxation and recreation, and activities like dancing, going to the beach, and enjoying time with loved ones are common forms of self-care.

From my research it seems in Kenya, communal self-care practices are prevalent. Sharing meals with family and friends, participating in traditional ceremonies, and engaging in community support are vital aspects of self-care in Kenyan culture.

And of course, what kind of Korean skincare distributor would I be if I didn't mention South Korea?!

South Koreans place a strong emphasis on skincare as a form of self-care. The famous Korean skincare routine involves multiple steps and is seen as a way to pamper and care for oneself. Visiting public bathhouses (jjimjilbangs) is also a popular way to relax and practice self-care in South Korea.

Totally in dream land, but it would be so cool to do a yearly retreat each in a different country to par-take in some of these activities. 

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