What does Self Care mean?

Penelope Scott: Self Care Meaning

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Self Care Lyrics

Top ten ways to smear honey on your face
Cut your nails, do your makeup, and wake up late
Fill a bottle up with water and a soggy piece of fruit
Fill the workbook up with things that you can do
When you're stressed, when things are just a...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 24th 2022 !⃝

    I found this song heavily representing mental health, how mania and depression cross over. I see mania represented when this song describes the need to do everything, before describing it'll never be enough. This is counteracted with the video game style of the sound affects, and also shows how others pressure leads to more self doubt and self worth issues before being hidden once again with "Self Care" strategies.

  2. anonymous
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    Jun 8th !⃝

    I always felt like everyone is telling her the "top ten ways to smear honey on her face" and that maybe if she tried more she could finally be worth something and basically telling her she is worthless because she can't even do the basic self care strategies and she's talking about not wanting to be like that because it's temporary and never fixes anything as shown in the line "fuck not enough, cry a river, smash a cup" and "maybe if you fixed the whole world then you'd earn it"

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 7th !⃝

    I personally think this song is about mental health and trying to find ways to feel better (drugs, sex, alcohol etc.) But none of them work no matter what.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2023 !⃝

    I think she had mental health problems and she tried to have more self care but her mind tells her otherwise

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2023 !⃝

    I think it is talking about how she hears about people doing all things for self care, but she doesnt like those things or doesnt have the energy for them.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2023 !⃝

    This song is written from the perspective of someone who is trying do their best but it never seems to work,eg.“it’s never ever gonna be enough for the people in the back row” which can feel very degrading.

    Hope this helps!

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2022 !⃝

    I personally think it means when you try for some others, it's never good enough for "the back row". And I personally know this feeling. So I can kinda relate.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 6th 2022 !⃝

    i feel like it’s talking about the beauty standards and how insane they are now and how easy it is to get advice and it pressures you.

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