If you’re anything like me, then you’ve already binge-watched the new Queer Eye remake on Netflix and are now spending most of your days trying to perfect your best impression of Jonathan.
When I started watching the show, I didn’t expect them to give me a message that I didn’t even know I needed until I heard it.
Take care of yourself.
I definitely got caught up in so many new things here that I almost forgot about the clothes I wear, the way that I take my make-up off at night, even how often I wash my hair. It only clicked when I started watching the show. If you’ve seen it you’ll know that the makeovers, which are the basis of each episode, are not just superficial – they genuinely change the lives of the men who are nominated to take part.
Sometimes taking care of your physical appearance is not seen as a positive – it might seem shallow or suggest that you’re easily manipulated by society’s expectations. But, as more people are recognising the importance of self-care, I think that this is an element which can really lift how a person feels on a daily basis.
Taking even just an extra ten minutes in the day to make sure that I have gone through a proper skin care routine has already made a difference to how I feel. What’s important is that it is not for anyone else, spending five minutes putting an outfit together, instead of throwing on something ill-fitting, is just for me. It can make me feel good for an entire day and give a boost of confidence too.
By no means have I overhauled my entire lifestyle and I still value many things above physical appearance, but those extra minutes for me do mean something.
It’s the difference between slaving away over yourself because you feel that you’re not good enough the way you are, and taking time for yourself because you know that you are good enough.
Thanks QE for the reminder that it’s not shallow to give a shit.