What is Radical Self-Care?

(Part 1 of 2, Daxle’s perspective.  Stay tuned for Rachel’s next week!)

We all want to feel good in our bodies, but how can we make it happen?

We live in a culture that tells us that diet and exercise is the answer.  We’re supposed to eat “healthy” and hit the gym.  But what happens when that doesn’t work?  We still feel stressed, depressed, and overall not as great as we’d like.

So naturally, in comes our new obsession with self-care.  But what exactly is self-care?  Bubble baths and pedicures seem to get referenced a lot, and while there’s nothing wrong with those activities, there is something wrong with the fact that we can’t seem to think of much else.

There’s also something wrong with the belief that anyone could be healthy if they would just take personal responsibility for their health, when we know from studies that the social determinants of health are very powerful, and that genetics play a major role.   

So let’s get real:  There is no magic wand that can guarantee your health or well-being.  You could take every possible action and still have health issues.  

BUT, at the same time, it is possible to build a self-care practice that keeps you focused on caring for yourself to the best of your ability, in a way that is sustainable long-term.  

Radical self-care is:

  • Compassionately acknowledging the ways in which you do not feel well.
  • Continually asking yourself: What can I do this week that will help me feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally?
  • Deeply personal.  Following someone else’s self-care plan doesn’t work.
  • Prioritizing your own needs.  (This is not self-indulgence.  It’s necessary maintenance.)

It’s something you can do on your own, but it’s a lot easier when you’re part of a supportive community.  The Radical Self-Care workshops can be your community.

In the workshops we’ll be looking at our past, present, and future relationships with food, exercise, health, and our bodies.  After gaining clarity on what a peaceful relationship with your body would look like, you’ll be ready to design a self-care practice that really fits you.

We will be talking about ways of tuning into your body’s inner wisdom, and authentic self-care practices, but we won’t give you a list of things to do.  Only you know what you really need.  We’re just here to support you in figuring it out.

If you’re ready to join us, register here.  (Spots are limited and filling up fast!)  We’d love to have you join us.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”-Audre Lorde

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