Taking Care of Yourself So You Can Live Your Best Life:
We know you have heard the phrase self-care a lot lately, maybe even multiple times today, and as wellness professionals it is something we probably talk to our clients about daily as well. So let's take a minute to understand why it is such a buzz-worthy topic now.
Over the past few years the term “self-care” has been splashed across every media outlet there is, especially those targeting women, but prioritizing taking care of yourself before taking care of the rest of the world isn’t a new idea. The concept of self-care has a long history that has ties to race, gender, class and ultimately privilege. We can thank American feminist, writer Audre Lorde for bringing to light the fact that self-care is crucial to the health of ALL women and communities. Her famous quote from her book of essays A Burst of Light, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and...
Today I was running (ok jogging at best) a particularly hilly 5k loop. Let’s just frame the day a little – on one had I was feeling super blessed that we have had several 70+ degree days here in NC in February and I have the flexibility to be outside, commune with nature, etc, etc. But as I got closer to the trail I started to dread the run – all the negative thoughts started creeping in – “oh it’s too hilly,” “actually, my hip flexor hurts, yeah it must be really injured, I shouldn’t run all these hills with a hurt hip flexor, etc. etc.” Being a huge fan of the power of the mind I started switching the narrative in my head – “think about how good you’ll feel when it’s over” “something is better than nothing so just do your best,” etc. etc.
So I take off running with Jessica (who btw is always just a little faster) so her pace pushes me to lactate threshold almost right away (not...
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