Wellness is easy to lampoon. A vast, trillion-dollar industry, at its worst it offers bogus cures, prescribing over-priced paraphernalia and dubious advice for ailments that might be treated elsewhere.
But there is a forgotten political and philosophical history of self-care, taking in the Black Panthers and feminist activism, that is all too often erased from our understanding of wellness.
Shahidha Bari looks at the radical roots of self-care and what it tells us about how we are looking after ourselves during the current crisis.
Producer: Ant Adeane
Editor: Jasper Corbett
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