ad // When we think of self care, we don’t typically associate the internet with being something that can positively impact our self care efforts. In fact, most things you’ll read (even on my own blog) about self care will actively encourage you to move AWAY from the internet, social media and the screens in order to have a meaningful self care practice. In this post, we’re going to flip the script and talk about how the internet can aid your self care.

how the internet can aid your self care

The internet always seems to be the enemy when it comes to talking about self care. Time and time again we’re told that in order to actively practice self care, we need to turn off the screens and get off of social media. I think the pros and cons argument of that could go on for days – and honestly, I don’t have the time! – but don’t get me wrong, too much social media / screen time can definitely have the wrong affect.

BUT, if you use it wisely, are cautious and know your limits and boundaries, there’s absolutely no reason why the internet and even social media can’t be an active tool in aiding your self care practice. People have made whole careers out of teaching self care online, so there’s obviously a huge market for it.

Everyone’s self care practices are so vastly different and we all need different things at different times in our lives. But if you’d like to know how the internet can aid your self care practice and you want to avoid looking at the internet with those negative connotations we’ve all associated with it, then these tips and ideas will help you!

Here’s how the internet can aid your self care:

It can open your mind to different ways to practice self care

You’ve only got to search for “self care ideas” on Google and you’re inundated with self care ideas from all over the globe! This is particularly useful if you’re new to self care – like I was before I started blogging (and a few years into it, too). I’d never even HEARD of the phrase “self care” before, so it’s highly likely there are others out there who haven’t either.

The internet can be a vital resource for them in discovering new ways to practice self. Here are some of my more niched self care posts:

It can start a conversation about self care with others

Self care is not only important to practice but it’s important to talk about. Why? Because we STILL don’t prioritize our self care nearly enough on a daily basis. Nor do we sometimes understand what we REALLY need from our self care. Self care is always much deeper than bubble baths and candles and I think the internet has been a great place to open up those conversations.

It can allow you to discover amazing brands to aid your self care

The Tea & Tonic products I’ve been able to feature in this post have been incredible aids to my self care. Tea & Tonic are a 100% natural brand that sells beautiful luxury skincare and wellness teas. The absolute epitome of conscious self care. They also have a range of gift sets which would just make the most beautiful gift for someone who needs a little extra TLC.

I was sent a few of their products to try but first and foremost, what stood out to me was the beautiful package. I am a SUCKER for sage green – I painted my office sage green – so I adore the calming and tranquil colour of their products. Their stand out product for me was the Inviting Sleep Body Oil. I would love to purchase one of these for EVERYONE I know.

This oil smells like… I can’t even really describe it but spa-like is a good way to go. But not invigorating. It’s just utterly blissful. The smell and the application is heavenly and popping some of this on before bed is guaranteed to get you off into a relaxing state before you drift off. I genuinely think this is going to be one of my products of the year.

how the internet can aid your self care

Tea & Tonic

I was also sent an Earl Grey Saving Grace Loose Leaf Tea, which states at the back of the tin that it’s ideal to revitalize and reawaken in the afternoon. It was definitely fate that made them choose this particular tea to send to me because I always struggle with energy in the afternoon – more often than not, opting for a quick nap. So this tea has been a welcome addition to my daily routine.

I was also sent a few sachets of their other teas, which come in a teabag form, from Golden Milk Wellness Tea, Ginger Turmeric Wellness Tea, White Mint Wellness Tea and a few others. I’ve not consumed all of these yet but I’m thoroughly enjoying trying them out and always look forward to seeing which tastes and aromas I get from these beautiful little pouches.

how the internet can aid your self care

how the internet can aid your self care

Honestly, I’m super impressed with Tea & Tonic. I didn’t have any expectations before receiving the products but I think the products AND the packaging are absolutely top notch. You can tell a lot of love, effort and expertise goes into these products due to how meticulously blended with just the right superherb balance for whatever you need.

My top pick would be the body oil – but honestly, if you’re into your wellness and want to experiment with some new products to aid your self care and wellness routines, I’d just recommend checking out the website to see what they have to suit your needs!

A great way for how the internet can aid your self care is by the brands that it can introduce you to and the amazing products – like those from Tea & Tonic – that can help amplify your self care practices!

It’s accessible

If you have the internet, then you have all the amazing free blog posts, resources, videos and more on offer to aid you with your self care. The internet is one of the most accessible resources of all, which can be VITAL for so many people. Disabled people or mentally ill people who rely on the internet and being able to do these things from home.

There are tons of creators and coaches to learn from

Following on from the point about how self care is always deeper than bubble baths and candles, this is where qualified coaches and creators can come in REALLY handy to help broaden your mind and deepen your understanding of self care, the pillars of self care, the areas of self care and what it really means to you!

There’s a ton of free self care resources available

Self care doesn’t have to be expensive. But if you’re always attending classes or paying for massages or spa days, then it’s GOING to add up. The internet is a great way to get some good self care juju, mostly for free! Find free Yoga practices, free meditations, free podcasts, free blog posts, free journal prompts and pages – the list is endless!

The internet is only your enemy if you make it your enemy. If you set positive boundaries then it can be an invaluable tool and resource for many things – including self care and self growth! So the next time you hear someone tell you that in order to have a meaningful self care practice you MUST get off the internet, ask yourself whether that’s true for YOU.

How do you use the internet for self care? Do you do any of the above? Let me know in the comments!

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54 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Jenny. I found this to be an interesting read. You’re completely right about the internet being a good place to find free material about things about mental health. I’ve often found the internet quite a useful place just to do some research.

  2. I loved the contrast to the normal approach here. It can be so useful, there wouldn’t be so much self care content online if the internet wasn’t somewhat useful for it at least. You’re right, there are so many accessible tools and resources out there to make things easier and you can find so many more products/ brand recommendations than you would on your own x

  3. I loved reading this! It can definitely be easy to write off the internet as harmful for mental health and self-care – but, like you mentioned, it also provides instant, easily accessible and often free resources that I know I definitely wouldn’t have access to otherwise! x

  4. Love a self-care post! Thanks for sharing this. And I totally agree it doesn’t have to be expensive, that’s one of the great things about it. Some lovely tips 🙂

  5. Just loved reading this post! The internet can be detrimental, but it can also be an amazing way to connect with people who improve our wellbeing and find products we can enjoy. Tea & Tonic sounds amazing; their blends are pure and I love a good earl grey. 🙂

  6. Being online, scrolling through social media has always been my go to if I’m stressed, I always feel like the odd one out but down time for me *is* being online, it’s nice to see a positive post on it xx

  7. Great post! It’s always great to discover other self-care practices, products, and hear other people’s stories and experiences. I’d love to try the inviting sleep body oil! Thanks for sharing!

  8. You definitely opened up my mind! Usually I take a break for self care but these are amazing ways to turn it into self care!

  9. This was such a great way of looking at how the internet can help with self care. I agree, it can be great for helping you discover new approaches and products but it’s also brilliant for free ideas and resources too.

  10. All I have ever discovered about self care as such has come from the internet! I had never heard of self care as I know it now and all the blogs and research from other people has helped me shape it up to what I do now. Thankyou for sharing these ways – and brands! That oil sounds dreamy x

  11. This is absolutely wonderful! You’re right – so often, we’re told that the internet is what we need to get away from in order to practice self-care. But firstly, self-care looks different for everyone. So, for some, indulging in some scroll time can be a good thing. Also, I love that you’ve shared what can be discovered online to aid your self-care journey. It really is true! There are so many excellent resources out there!

  12. I never thought about the possibility of the internet helping with self care. But it makes sense! We’re open to new ways of practising our own self-care and even products that might be able to help us. That and sometimes the act of even interacting with other like minded people can be self-care in itself.

  13. I’ve learned that the internet is only “bad” if you allow it. I definitely used social media during the pandemic to discover how to do yoga, medication and develop a skincare routine. I love finding new ways to pour into myself. Great post

  14. Great post! There are so many ways that the internet can help us with self-care. For one thing, we can look up anything and find information that we need. It is a lot easier than back in the day when we had to go to the library to look things up! We can also peruse great products that are of interest to us…like the earl grey tea you mentioned. We can compare and contrast any number of things…

  15. Sleep oil helps me so much in getting to sleep! The products you shared look really good, and I definitely think that sometimes the internet can be useful for your mental health/self-care x

  16. I’ve never thought of the Internet being beneficial in this way before but you are completely right. You can discover new things to try out and enjoy that you might never have thought of.

  17. This is a great post! Thank you for highlighting the positives of the internet and how it can contribute to self-care practices. I like to use the internet to search different self-care practices and to read inspirational quotes when I am feeling down. Also, the Tea & Tonic products look amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Hi lovely,

    It’s been a while since I had a shimmy at your blog. It’s always a pleasure to read as it’s so organised and spaced out perfectly and always well written so keep up the good work!

    I love the idea of the sleep oil, I’m having terrible sleep at the moment due to pregnancy so I’m intrigued if this would help! I had never heard of this brand until today so thank you for the recommendation.

    I really enjoyed reading a post about how the internet can be a positive place for self care as you’re so right more often than not we associate it with being toxic and sometimes a trigger for our self care/headspace so it was nice to see a different narrative on the subject!

    Take care chick. Xx

    Charlene McElhinney
    https://charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    1. Ah thanks babe! Lovely to hear from you again – hope the pregnancy is going well! It can’t be long now, right?

      Maybe take a look and see if the oil is suitable for pregnancy or I can ask the brand on IG if you like! 💜

  19. I LOVE this post. I know the internet can be damaging sometimes when it comes to body imagine etc but it can also be really resourceful and it’s brought a lot of new things into my life. If it wasn’t for the internet, I wouldn’t know anything about makeup, skincare, unique recipes I’ve baked etc – it really is helpful and I’m thankful for it. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely. I totally agree with you! Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  20. I love how you flipped the script in this post! “The internet is only your enemy if you make it your enemy.” I am one who agrees with the fact that the internet is not conducive to self care, but this statement is so true. Also, we can have friends and like-minded people on the internet whom we can connect with if the people around us aren’t helpful.

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