TikTok’s R.E.P.O.R.T is the self-care trend you can actually get on board with this winter
But for many of us, the reality of life often gets in the way. The daily gratitude dairy falls away, and an attempt to follow a meditation podcast while desperately trying to block out the sound of your kids/traffic/next door’s dog ends up leaving us more stressed.
But this latest TikTok trend is simple, easy and, importantly, fun.
Enter the daily (or weekly) R.E.P.O.R.T, where creators show what they’ve been up to by sharing what they’re Reading, Eating, Playing, Obsessed with, Recommending and Treating themselves to.
For example, Gooseweek, the creator who started the trend, said she was obsessed with her best friends, and has treated herself to a cross-country flight, to visit her family for Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, Lola Okola (the TikToker behind Rat Girl Summer) has been reading The Feminist Killjoy Handbook by Sara Ahmed, and has been playing N.E.R.D. Creator Jamie Lyn Kane had been recommending a new lipstick combination.
Metro.co.uk recently spoke to future work specialist and executive coach, Harriet Minter, about how millennials and gen z can no longer afford the lifestyle experienced by older generations.
As such, they’re ‘romanticising’ their lives – appreciating the small things, now that the big things (like home ownership and foreign holidays) are that much harder to come by – the R.E.P.O.R.T is yet another example of this.
And psychologist, Emma Kenny, told Metro.co.uk that this trend could encourage us to focus on the positives, during an often challenging time of year for many.
She says: ‘Sharing your R.E.P.O.R.T allows individuals to focus on the positive aspects of their lives and share them, as well as provide a distraction from the stressors of life.
‘While it’s important to note that excessive social comparison can be detrimental, for the viewer, seeing others’ recommendations and self-care routines can inspire viewers to adopt healthier habits or seek out enjoyable activities, promoting personal growth and well-being.’
Emma says this trend also fosters a sense of community.