Bubble baths and fancy chocolates are nice, but there’s so much more to self-care.
Let’s start by satisfying our critical-academic voices: self-care is commodified; self-care is performative; self-care is privileged. Now we can move on.
In workshops, I teach that self-care is organizing your life to support your mind, body, and spirit. This involves establishing sustained practices to promote wellness and developing techniques that mitigate emergent situations and stress. This includes the feel-good things, like the bubble baths and chocolates, but it also includes adulting-things like doing the laundry and paying your bills.
If you are reading this, you are probably good at taking care of yourself. So let’s take a moment to celebrate all that you’ve done today to support your mind, body, and spirit. But, if you’re like me you may find yourself feeling stressed out and grumpy in spite of your best self-care efforts.
Self-care involves practical things like knowing your limits and setting boundaries. It includes moving your body (for fun!) and eating well. Personally, yoga, meditation, and journaling are major parts of my self-care regimen. In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about intentional adaptation – learning how to coast when we can. To adapt we may need to let go of expectations, and that’s okay! You won’t be alone in this, we’ll be building community along the way. And let’s be honest, self-care is hard and sometimes you deserve to treat yourself.
I’m excited to share my favorite self-care practices with you and pick up a few tips from you as well.
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