what is self care and why should I (self) care?
At your last power Yoga class, you overheard someone utter “self care” while mopping up the remnants of their yoga mat. You nodded your head in agreement…smiling through the silent shame of not knowing what the heck they were talking about.
In a nutshell, self care is a term thrown around frequently with a flair of ambiguity and vagueness.
It’s sexy; defying definition, but also definitively sounding like something that will be expensive to actually do.
Here at luvdaily we’re attempting to demystify self care and translate it into something more approachable (re: inexpensive or less French-sounding).
So, ditch the shame-smile while we take you on a transformative self care journey with: rocks. What is more definitive than rocks?
the hows, whats, and whys of self care with rocks.
what are rocks?
We get asked this question all the time: what even are rocks?!
Rocks, as it turns out, are hard bits of minerals that have been compacted together over time – forming various layers of our Earth’s surface.
Pretty neat, huh?
why are rocks important?
On a more existential level, rocks represent the building blocks of our life journey. They comprise our roads, nature trails, and tiny Zen sand gardens kept at our desks to look more enlightened!
Rocks, as noted earlier, are also minerals. Minerals are essential to our physical health. So, the more rocks = better.
how to use rocks for self care?
There are several ways to use rocks for self care – they can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, heal your gut (still not clear how…), and ward off anxiety.
Like most things, though, recreational rock use is best deployed when you have carefully defined goals.
Got your goals defined? Great!
ways to self care with rocks
1. For Alleviating Physical Pain – Rocks are basically Mother Nature’s foam roller (if your foam roller was made of rocks, that is).
Suffering from back pain? Find a bed of rocks and just lay on them for a while. Soon you’ll realize that laying on rocks is way more painful and sad than your back pain was – healed!
2. For Reducing Inflammation – Inflammation (aka bloating) is often very noticeable on the face – rings around the eyes, puffy cheeks, etc. To mitigate this with rocks, you need three things: a football helmet, trusted friend, and (yeah, you guessed it!) rocks.
After completing the Inflammation Mitigation Triad (™ pending), find a nice open field to stand in. Next, have your friend throw the rocks at every part of your body, from the neck down – using the football helmet as protection for your already horribly inflamed face.
Afterwards, the rest of your body will be more swollen and inflamed than your face! #selfcarethatgetsresults
3. For Warding Off Anxiety – Rocks are a great way to extricate the tumultuous dread of daily life!
And super simple to do!
First, find a rock – any rock will do, but preferably one that will fit in your hand. Then, channel all of your anxieties and worries directly into the rock. (Note: if you have a hard time doing this, try naming the rock first. Use a name of someone who tends to cause you anxiety. Trust us, this is a completely normal – totally healthy thing to do)
After you’ve chosen and named your rock, go to a nearby body of water (if no water nearby, use your bathtub or a large bowl). Throw your rock as hard as you can into the water – utter profanity as an added bonus!
Feel better? We knew you would!
Pro Tip: If feeling some residual shame from angrily throwing your pet rock into water, try apologizing to the water, as well as the rock. This should close the loop on any lingering anxiety you have afterward.
how not to use rocks for self care
While the benefits of using rocks for self care are bountiful; it should be noted that the “more is better” principle does not always apply to them – as you will clearly see in the video below:
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Rocks are a dynamic, organic (and affordable), and easy-to-use self care product. We highly encourage you to incorporate rocks into your self care regimen.
freemium version available anywhere with an “outside”
ease of use
rocks may be “hard,” but they sure are easy to use!
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FAQ about rocks as self care products
Can I use any rock for self care?
Yes; however, certain rocks are optimal for different applications. Determine your goals before picking up any old rock to use as a self care tool.
Where can I find rocks to use for self care?
You can find rocks just about anywhere – look outside! If you want to self care like a pro, go to a specialty rock store or aggregates quarry.
Are rocks vegan?
Yes! They are also gluten free and non-GMO. Some have been tested on animals, though…but that was a long time ago; before humans understood the concept of moral superiority.
how do you “rock” self care! (get it?!)
Drop a comment below with any rock self care pro tips or questions.