|What do the words self care mean to you?
For me, self care covers the basics required to be ok. It’s not all beautiful ritual baths and luxurious massages. Self care is what keeps us safe enough to show up for our lives. It’s remembering to eat, sleep, drink water, and feel. Anything else is a bonus. Self care is whatever enables me to get out of bed. Today, it’s eating butter popcorn and drinking a Coke in a hotel room while I take a much-needed break from showing up for my family. Tomorrow, it will hopefully involve some vegetables! Self care is the compassionate balance required to live.
The best unwinding activity for me is knitting. Busy hands, quiet mind knitting. Knitting allows me to focus on something while also spacing out, very much a meditative practice. And I get to make something! I ran into an issue because knitting cuts into my reading time, but audiobooks have saved the day. I try to spend at least 30 minutes in the morning knitting and listening, or journaling, and then do the same at night. Most of my work is online, so anything I can do to reduce screen time is key.
Any other holistic routines?
I’m a pretty low key girl at this point. Part of moving to Asheville was the need to remove myself from competitive self care. Now, I go to acupuncture when I’m sick, try to get a massage if my back hurts, and take the herbs and supplements that keep my body going. But I no longer feel the need to have an expansive (and expensive!), Instagram-worthy self care routine. My big 2018 goal is to start exercising again. I’ve had an unhealthy relationship to exercise in the past, and gave myself 2017 off to recalibrate after my move to North Carolina. Now, it’s time.