Self-care is a hot topic these days and its commodification has become a major industry – heck, even I’m part of it!
Each day we’re sold self-care products like jade rollers, essential oils, and yoga mats. And as self-care becomes a service provided by entrepreneurs, we’re being sold apps, memberships, and coaching that all promise us better self-care routines.
So how do you know if a self-care service is worth buying, or if you should just put the credit card down and walk away?
Know what you want/need.
First things first, stop buying products and services just because somebody told you to! You need take a second to figure out what you want and need. Do you want to create better self-care routines? Do you need help figuring out how to live a little healthier? Do you want some accountability? If you’re not answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions at all, don’t pay for a self-care service!
If you are looking for some assistance when it comes to your self-care, try to get a little clearer on what type of help you’re looking for. Do you want a lesson on a specific aspect of self-care? Are you looking for a community of like-minded people? Do you want some one-on-one attention? Let the answers to those questions guide you as you shop for a self-care service.
Figure out how the seller’s promise relates to your problem.
Really good sales copy should make it very clear what someone is trying to sell to you. When you figure out what that is, ask yourself how it will help you. If you’re struggling with accountability and follow-through, a one-off masterclass isn’t likely going to help you. If you’re wanting to learn more about incorporating fitness into your self-care, hiring a service provider who specializes in mindset coaching may not be the right fit.
What result does the service promise and is that the result you’re looking for?
Check out the provider’s credentials.
Disclaimer: Not all credentials look like a degree or special certification anymore! Credentials can also look like work or volunteer experience.
Use your own judgment to decide how much weight to give these credentials, and know that you don’t necessarily need to shut down a potential hire just because they don’t have something traditional like a degree.
You can take some time with a little additional research to figure out where a service provider’s credentials come from, and how it relates to their current service.
Read testimonials and reviews.
Every good service provider is going to share positive testimonials and reviews from previous clients. It’s just good marketing! Give these a read through, and if you can find reviews outside of their personal website, that’s great, too! As you read reviews, be sure to keep in mind what you value in a service provider. Pricing? Promptness? Content? Communication?
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If you’re shopping around for self-care services, you might find that providers are offering things that you think you can do on your own – meditation, mindset shifting, journaling, building new habits, the list goes on.
And, yeah, there are definitely a lot of services that you could do on your own. But the question is are you doing it on your own?
One last way to know if a self-care service is worth buying:
If you look back on the last few months and realize that those things you could be doing on your own just aren’t getting done, then it might be time to get some help.
My self-care coaching services provide that accountability that a lot of people are in need of. Whether you’re a part of the Self-Care Community membership group, or opt for one-on-one coaching, you can expect that little push to make progress on your self-care goals.
Take your time when shopping around for a self-care service. Get in contact with the provider and ask questions – they’ll be so happy you did!
If you have any questions about my self-care services, feel free to get in touch!
Enjoy the journey,