"Whether it be in work or in my personal relationships, I tend to stretch myself too thin and try to please everyone. This causes my stress levels to spike and leads to anxiety and guilt. In order to keep my health in check, I set healthy boundaries. I know when my mental health is telling me to say 'no' and to take time for myself. I can't please everyone all the time, and I've grown to accept that. This self care is a constant and evolving practice." -A.P
"This is a really big topic for me. I feel like I'm on a self-care journey. In fact, at the end of last year, I signed up for a self-care revolution with my former herbal teacher. For one month, I got a daily email from her. Every day she sent out a different self-care worksheet to us and I saved them all on my computer. They were all very different. Some them were things where I was like, 'that's just not my thing, and I'm not gonna do that.' But others of them were quite interested." -R.S
"If someone says to me ‘okay here’s a really basic way to calm yourself--deep breathing’. As soon as I go to breathe deeply it works for the first couple breaths but soon I feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen and I’m hyperaware of how my breath is affecting my heart beat and where I’m tense in my body, and it’s like ten times worse then when I’m not thinking about it. I could sit and teach myself how to do it right, but for right now, I just find that overstimulation is j...ust a much better means to relaxation. When you think about relaxing you ask, well what does that mean? To me, it means finding a way to stop my brain from thinking about all of my day-to-day stressors. Not just shutting off all your thoughts, but how do I think about something else. I feel like people think that relaxation means that you have to be still, but you can have a relaxing day that’s packed with activities, and it just means you don’t think about all the mundane stressors in your life" -N.H
"Throughout my day, if my anxiety level spikes, I just re-imagine that image and re-establish a connection to the core of the earth. I work one-on-one with clients for work, and people come in with all kinds of stress, anxiety, and tension. It could be easy for me to pick up on all those emotions and lose my grounding. Then that would totally affect the quality of care I can offer. So this practice is really important for me both personally and professionally." -E.D
"I have recently started journaling my dreams! There are a lot of beliefs about dreams and ways to work with them but I have chosen to make it as simple as possible. My intent is to let my subconscious, the part of me that is dreaming, know that I am listening. I really feel strongly that as random and weird, often uninterpretable, as dreams can be, they are important. I feel that the act of recording what I remember, hopefully first thing in the morning, but if not,whenever I can during the day, sends the message to that deep quiet part that I am listening. I am open to guidance from the deepest most mysterious parts of myself. In fact I crave and need that guidance. I don't worry about interpretation, and accept that the meaning may be beyond my comprehension. I feel that the practice strengthens my intuition and my relationship with the unseen, unknown aspects of life that are there for our benefit."
"Sometimes I wake up and I have so many things on my mind that I don't know how to organize my thoughts or my day. Movement is really a meditation to help me get centered. It's different every day. Sometimes it's a 10-minute walk and sometimes it's movement for an hour. If I'm not feeling great mentally, emotionally, or physically, then moving is the best thing for me to find equilibrium" -I.H
About the Project
The Empower Self-Care Series explores a diverse mix of self-care strategies that are unique to each individual participant, depending on his/her mental, emotional and physical needs, resources and stressors. We'd love to hear your favorite self-care strategy! Submit a paragraph or two explaining your self-care modality to email@example.com. .