Episode 26: Self Care and Silliness

Blue sky with clouds in the background. Overlying text reads "be good to yourself." A common mantra of self care.

With all that’s going on in the world, how the heck can we even begin to prioritize self care? And for that matter, what does self care really mean? In this episode, we answer those questions while keeping things light and a little silly. We discuss the struggles that come with taking care of the most important thing in your life: you.

So many people think: “But I’m too busy for self care.”

We know. We feel you. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and neglect basic things you should do to care for yourself. We’re not talking luxuries, though it’s definitely okay to treat yo’self.

 

Gif of Donna from Parks and Rec telling Tom to "treat yo self!"

We mean remembering to eat regularly. Exercising. Taking time out for a shower or bath. Watching a funny TV show or playing a video game. Meeting your needs and unwinding are necessary.

It’s pretty common to worry that if you pause to focus on yourself, you’re giving up valuable time for activism.

Emily admits to struggling with this in this episode. But as Kyle points out, are you really being the best activist you can be if you’re not focusing on self care enough to function at your full capacity?

Remember, it’s okay to disengage.

And it’s also okay if it’s a learning process for you to do so. (Especially if you’re like Emily, who lives for consuming the news.) While it’s definitely important for you to stay updated on what’s going on around you, it’s equally important to take a break in the interest of self care. It’s the best way to avoid overloading yourself or burning out.

Also remember we’re not here to be authorities.

We’re just two people having some real talk and some fun along the way. Seriously though, chill out and take some time for yourself. Your body and your brain will thank you.

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