Keep Checking In On Others

Keep checking in on those around you. You never know who needs it. We are so good about it in the beginning, when someone experiences a loss, a trauma, or a breakup, we are so good in the beginning about checking in, seeing how that person is doing. In time though, we stop. We stop asking how people are. We …

Caroline’s Top 5 Consistent Self-Care Practices

Originally, when I learned the concept of self-care, I thought it had to be luxurious activities to unwind and relax. But then, I finally asked myself, what is the actual definition of self-care? The Oxford Reference defines self-care as “the practice of activities that are necessary to sustain life and health, normally initiated and carried out by the individual for …

Make Time For You And Your Mental Health First

It’s so easy for us to work and work and work and put everyone and everything ahead of our own needs. My mind often goes to logistics of what needs to get done in the house and for my daughter, and it’s easy for the things that I need for my mental health to not be put at the top …

Self-Care and Grief

Hi there! My name is Caroline, and I am the Social Media Assistant at 1N5. I am 25 years old, a Cincinnati native, and a mental health advocate. I want to start by saying that I truly leaned into my self-care journey about four years ago when my mom passed away from stage IV lung cancer. As a perfectionist, people …

Choose To Pour Your Energy Into Yourself And What You Need To Heal

Where are you investing your energy? The other day, I was at Target and these two women were spending so much energy fighting with the customers, cashiers and managers. They were upset that the woman in front of them didn’t come prepared to the store with her coupons. They very well may have been in a rush or had already …

You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup

I’m Lindsey, a math teacher in Cincinnati and I am obsessed with my job and my students. I am also a mom of two little girls, a wife, sister, daughter and friend (obsessed with all of that too). In general, I am a super passionate person which can easily lead to high highs and low lows.  I am very fortunate …

You Are Whole And Worthy As You Are And You Always Have Been

There’s been a lot going on in my family. Unfortunately, my father-in-law passed away two weeks ago and that’s been shocking and challenging for us all. It’s felt so unfair that we have lost yet another parent in such a short amount of time. Through all of this, I’ve had to find ways to support my husband, deal with the …

Moving Forward Is Moving Forward

I was back in my Wednesday morning routine, running on a treadmill at my favorite fitness class with my favorite instructor, doing what I do. I pushed the button and let my feet start rolling but today I wasn’t feeling it. A couple minutes in and I thought, do I leave now or leave in a couple songs. I wasn’t …

One Day Joy Will Feel More Joyful

I never really thought about losing a parent until thinking about it was my only choice. I never really thought about the immense impact the loss would have on my life. Nothing is quite the same, yet everything has to move forward and that never quite makes sense to me. I have a few friends who have lost parents, who …

Plan time by yourself, no interruptions.

I’m a single 25-year-old black woman. I moved away from my family after graduating from college with a BA in Political Science. I’m currently a Program Director for a non-profit organization that focuses on comprehensive community development.  At first, I used to think that in order to practice self-care, you had to spend tons of money. However, self-care really is …