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What is this self-care challenge all about? It's about introducing you to authentic self-care. Self-care that goes beyond weekly mani-pedis and bubble baths after a hard day. There's nothing wrong with either of those activities; they are certainly acts of self-care.
However, self-care goes much deeper than that. Or at least it should. For one thing, it encompasses the whole person. We should be taking care of ourselves, in our entirety, rather than just focusing on one or two areas.
For another thing, deep self-care works to help prevent the stress of the fires in our lives, instead of aiming to relieve the stress after it's occurred. Stuff happens, and it's got to be dealt with, that's for sure -- and we often don't have any control over it. But we can mitigate the impact of those crises on our health and well-being.
So, who am I to run a self-care challenge?
Someone who has benefited greatly from the practice. I started taking care of myself in a deep way when I was in my early 30s. I simply got to a point where the pain that I was inflicting on myself through my romantic relationships had to stop. I was willing to do whatever it took to change that pattern.
It turned out that "whatever it took" meant accepting 100% responsibility for where I was in my life and not entering into relationships with men, other than strict friendships, for about a year. That was hard because I was used to affirming my worth in the world through my intimate relationships with men. During that year, I learned to find my worth in my very existence.
I didn't realize at the time that what I was doing constituted an act of radical, deep, self-care. All I knew was that something had to change.
And change they did, completely for the better!
I wish I could tell you that things have been a perfectly linear uphill line and that my self-care has always been impeccable since then.
Alas, I can not.
But I can tell you that it's gotten better over the years, especially when I look at the big picture. And, as my self-care has gotten better, I've gotten happier -- both more joyful and more content. I've gotten healthier too.
I need more structure to my self-care practices. While I was working on a way to challenge myself to do that, I thought -- Why not challenge you, too?
The challenge is about two weeks long, so we don't have time to dig really deep, although I'll surely find some time to talk about integrity and character development (both vitally important areas of self-care that are often overlooked).
I'll introduce you to five main areas of self-care and I'll get you started practicing each one of them with ideas for implementation, a specific daily challenge, and journaling prompts.
There will be a Facebook group where I'll do a weekly Facebook Live and be available to answer questions, share more tips, and do some coaching. You don't have to be a part of the group, but the challenge will certainly be more fun if you are!
If this sounds good to you, just enter your name and email below and I'll send you more information.
Oh, and did I mention there will be prizes? Small ones, but prizes none-the-less!