Trust Your Instincts

For a long time, I bought into the inaccurate notion that self-care just meant pampering yourself. While that may be true some of the time, the reality is that self-care is simply treating yourself with the respect you deserve. It is, quite literally, taking care of yourself. In the age of #socialdistancing, whether you’re quarantining alone, with family, or with …

4 Tips to Care For Yourself When Working from Home

In October 2016, I moved to a new city without a job. Thankfully, my husband had a job to provide for our family. But the offer on our house fell through and we were left with a double mortgage and one income. I decided to do freelance marketing work in this new community. That work led to landing a full-time …

Adapting Your Self-Care Routine

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Everything around us is changing so quickly, it feels impossible to catch up. It’s easy to lose track of taking care of ourselves when it feels like we can’t control anything going on around us, but it is so important to maintain self-care, especially in times like these. It might feel ridiculous …

SpeakupAVES Holds Mental Health Assembly at Sycamore High School

On Friday, March 6th, Sycamore High School’s mental health awareness club, SpeakupAVES, held an assembly for the students to talk about mental health and self-care. The club created and played a video at the assembly to discuss self-care methods and positive self-image. After the assembly, students were given temporary tattoos with positive messaging.

Ways to Practice Self-Care Through Movement

For some people, moving their bodies is the best way they can care for themselves. Yet many people struggle to care for themselves through physical movement. Why? Well, excuses really. Have you said any of the following? “I don’t have enough time.” “I don’t have anyone to watch my kids.” “I work too much.” “I can’t make it into a …

Supportive or Toxic?

I am a type 7 on the Enneagram scale, which makes me an “Entertaining Optimist.” I am usually the most positive person in any group or conversation. Sometimes, I joke that I am a relentless optimistic, sometimes to a fault.  Through studying psychology and in my own therapy, I’ve learned more about the difference between positivity and toxic positivity. And …