I know we all see tons of SM posts about self care AND
what we should do AND
what it really means OR
even gives us examples of how we should care for ourselves BUT! I wanna add something that maybe isn't talked about that often:
RADICAL self care . . . not in the "black panther" type of way lol, but in the terms of what's working for me atm. We are taught to "do what's best for you" right?
Well, my radical self care isn't the norm . . . the massages, facial, bubble bath, get my nails done, etc type. My radical self care is EMPOWERMENT. How can I re-empower myself when I'm feeling hella low? I just came across something that helped me and maybe you can use this suggestion for yourself.
I recently wrote a 'controversial' letter and shared it with the dance community and better yet, the world. And I found out that whenever I READ what I wrote or share parts of my story . . . it EMPOWERS me. It makes me proud of myself...for moving past the enormous amount of fear I had before writing it, but also knowing that I'm reaching people who may feel good, bad or indifferent about it.
I'm learning that sharing my truth and advocating for myself is a true STRENGTH that I'm very proud to have. Many may fall off or hate me in some way, but MY story is MY truth, I wrote those words, that letter was written eloquently and very factual.
Long story short: Showcasing POWER is my Radical Self Care.
Why? Because I'm listening to my feelings and finding ways to cope with the feelings that don't feel so good.
FYI: Self Care via Google says: the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own heath; the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Well Well Well Google seems to be right on the money! I've been HELLA stressed BUT I'm learning that MY self care, doesn't have to look like other people's self care.
SELF-EMPOWERMENT is my self care, my radical self care - reassuring myself that I matter, that I'm worthy to be loved and I have the right to stand in my truth!
~ deeply out ❤