‘Hurkle-durkle’ is the latest self-care trend. It’s bullsh*t.

The pandemic changed life as we knew it in more ways than one, especially with our approach to work. The minute we were forced to stay at home, the #GirlBoss era that we were striving towards turned into a need for more balance. People were tired of going the extra mile for jobs that gave little in return, so now, four years later, the upcoming generation is choosing to take a major step back.

But at what point do these trends start causing more harm than good? Being lazy every once in a while or over the weekend is perfectly fine and frankly, very much needed. But when it starts to seep into your everyday routine, it becomes a problem.

“It might be a red flag when the hurkle-durkle extends beyond a slice of the morning and drags throughout the day, or becomes a regular occurrence that takes us away from our responsibilities or creates isolation from friends and family,” Marisha Mathis, a licenced clinical social worker told HuffPost.

“This can contribute to or be a symptom of something more serious, such as depression.”

When we think of these terms as silly little TikTok trends, we fail to recognise the implications. It’s easy to not get out of bed all day if we say we’re “hurkle-durkling”.

“I think there’s probably a limit or a time when it becomes an avoidance mechanism or sign that something else is going on,” Dr Jessica Gold, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Centre in Memphis said. “4

Burnout comes to mind if the thing you don’t want to get up and do is go to work.”

As an introvert, I welcome the idea of staying indoors all day and doing nothing, however, even I have to place a limit on myself to make sure I’m not pushing it too far.

At the end of the day, let’s stop creating terms under the guise of “self-care”, because often, they have the opposite effect.

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