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April 03, 2019
Stressed People Are Now Getting Swaddled "Like Babies." We Need to Talk About This.
If you've not yet seen the Voactiv video of adults getting wrapped up in a sheet, rocking themselves, you've not done the internet right this week. Here, lemme help you:
These adults are getting swaddled like BABIES to reduce stress https://t.co/yc7XrvArFy— Vocativ (@Vocativ) 1554211860.0
Let's get the important questions out of the way:
- Who swaddles their baby like this? Maybe you're feeling residual stress if your parents wrapped you in a sheet as if the stork was coming by in five minutes to pick your ass up for delivery.
- Assuming since this is a form of Japanese therapy, the baby-wrap package is only offered in Japan. Which still begs the question, what kind of stress do Japanese people face that's so traumatic, they need to regress to the womb? I'm almost afraid to find out.
Oh sure, don't knock it until you try it. I understand that anxiety and stress affect people differently. Many people find weighted blankets relive stress, while others go into the yoga child's pose for much the same reason. Some of us exercise our stress away. Fat feminists tend to eat their stress then insist they're beautiful when their stress rolls over their skinny jeans. I guess I worry about the complete regression of adults into a womb-like state in order to combat the stressors of living in Japan.
Actually, I'm not being totally honest with you guys. I'm mostly worried about too many Americans thinking this is a good idea, and practicing it in America, right out in the open. It's one thing to wrap yourself up in a blanky in the comfort of your own home where you're free to let your freak flag fly, but you know some "forward-thinking" tween hoping to make a name for itself will Instagram this and clog the internet with self-care hashtags.
Please don't. We're better than this. Right? Wait... right?!