If you follow the new social media trends, you've definitely stumbled upon 'that girl aesthetic' somewhere. For those of you who don't know, we'll give you a brief rundown. 'That girl aesthetic' is a trend that started on Tik Tok and then spread to Pinterest and YouTube. It mainly concerns women in their 20's to early 30's and features photos and videos of an "ideal" girl. By "ideal" is meant to be super productive all the time, focused on your goals. Taking care of your diet, your body, your skin and "shine" 24 hours a day.
This all sounds very positive and we would all like to get vaccinated, right? So where is the problem with that?

The routine to achieve the above can very easily turn from self-improvement to... compulsion. Some habits of that girl aesthetic are: journaling. You wake up at 6am (at the latest) to meditate and exercise. You finish all your to-do's for the day before 9 a.m. Eat healthy and drink 3 liters of water a day and (of course)... water with lemon. You start your day with a matcha latte and your healthy smoothie. You journal when you wake up and before you go to sleep... and much more. But what happens if you don't do these things? Are you not enough?

These habits of 'that girl aesthetic' are apparently healthy. Without realizing it, however, they set the bar too high for what our lifestyle "should" look like in our 20s and 30s. And the word "must" itself, is not something healthy for our mental health. Subliminally, we are under pressure to always be perfect, full of energy. Always eager to start our day. To be productive and never relax, because then we are... lazy.

 

 

So our advice is as follows: 1) listen to your body 2) give yourself time 3) go with the flow.

We are not born to be perfect. Also, not all days/weeks/months are the same. One day you may wake up with energy to conquer the world. Another day, you may not feel like getting out of bed. Putting pressure on yourself won't help anything and will do you more harm than good. It's certainly good to have goals, but you shouldn't beat yourself up if you don't always achieve them. Let's allow ourselves to have our good days as well as our bad days and appreciate them all equally. After all, if you don't let yourself fall, you won't feel the same satisfaction when you get up.

We hope we helped you love yourself a little bit more.

xoxo,

M.