“Marketing has a far stronger power than scientific proof. Few of us follow scientists, but we sure as hell follow celebrities, influencers, and brands that are in no way health experts but sure act like them.”

“Telling overworked nurses to do yoga is similar to walking into a sweatshop and informing the employees they really ought to do something about all that stress. Maybe they shouldn’t be working insane hours. Employers can dangle workplace wellness initiatives to offset the stress they create in part because we’ve accepted the concept en masse: it’s our job to fix what’s “wrong” with us. Consequently, employers are always suggesting more ways to get well, yet never offering less work or more substantial help.”

“Taking care of oneself was acknowledging your needs so you could adequately push back against a system of social inequality. It caused one to ask, “How can I fight injustice or overcome adversity if my tank is empty?””

“Self-care meant standing up for yourself to declare, “I need more.” I need to protect my mental and physical health so that I can right what’s wrong not just for myself but for others too.”

“Self-care today is far more inward-looking—and dependent on a purchase.”

Go on, read this: The Gospel of Wellness: Gyms, Gurus, Goop, and the False Promise of Self-Care, Rina Raphael


I don’t know what to say. She’s said everything! And I’m still on Chapter 2.

Sophie’s World is on pause. This is just too riveting for someone who is still (a bit) in the wellness industry.