Is “self-care” a facial? A mammogram? A big glass of wine? All of the above- provided they’re things that protect you, or relax you. But for self-care to work, you have to practice it all the time, not just on the bad days. Here’s what works for us.
Does self-care mean ice cream? Facial serums? Leaning in? Saying no? Taking yoga? According to our listeners, it means all of the above.
In this episode, we talk both about how to arrive at your personal definition of self-care, and how to prioritize it, so your self-care practice will be there for you when you need it. You can't just meditate extra on the day your kids both get the stomach flu. Self-care is a program you kind of need to have running in the background all the time.
Here are links to research and other writing on the topic that we discuss in this episode:
Jacqueline Baker for The Mighty: When Self-Care Means Saying 'No'
Tim Herrera for NYT Smarter Living: How to Make ‘Self-Care’ Actually Feel Like Self-Care
Jenny Odell: How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Deanna Zandt: The Unspoken Complexity of 'Self-Care'
Claire Zulkey for Romper: The Hardest Thing To Do Is 'Less' Of All That
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