“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde
Everyone’s self-care routine should probably include listening to more Solange. Just saying.
This history of self-care is fascinating.
I talk briefly about being an introvert AND about love languages. And while you’re probably at least marginally familiar with both things, these two books are excellent resources if you want to learn more: Susan Cain’s Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages: the Secret to Love That Lasts.
If a major pain point for you is giving too much of yourself to others and not having any left for yourself, you may want to learn about Compassion Fatigue. It’s a real thing!
You should absolutely read everything Brene Brown has ever written, amen. But if you want the specific book I quoted, it’s Rising Strong.
I threw in kind of a random reference to The Good Place. Bonus points to anyone who caught it. If you’re not watching that show, you need to remedy that stat. Mostly because I can’t find a video of the clip I was referencing. Sorry homies.
Dr. Stephen Ilardi gave an excellent TedX talk a few years back about depression. He recommends six things we can do to minimize or avoid/cure depression altogether, and I highly recommend watching. It’s only 20 minutes but the information is invaluable.
Celeste of The Marriage Laboratory has compiled a list of “self-soothing” books, podcasts, and more. I can’t vouch for everything in there, but the things I’m familiar with are excellent so I’m guessing the rest is pretty great too.
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What are some of your best self-care tools? Send me a message and I’ll add them here!