This week Jes and I break down what self-care means to us. It’s not alllllways super glam to take care of yourself, but it’s SO important.
Therapy is probably the biggest self-care for both Jes and I. Spending the money to work through our shit with Nance has paid for itself over and over. By taking care of ourselves psychologically, under her supervision, self-care has become so much easier.
For Jes, traveling is a form of self-care because it gives her a chance to get away from her life and fulfill the “escapism” feelings that came along with her drinking.
Being a tattoo artist, she’s given herself control of her schedule, and knows that she’s only able to work 3-4 days a week. (spoiler alert: Jes works A LOT…. I think she needs to self-care a little more and stick to the 3-4 day rule.)
Also, she has a bomb reclining massage chair.
PS - I have no idea how the hell she spent $6000 on this chair, but this is what I found when I was looking for the link. So, I guess it’s on sale. This is pretty much what her chair looks like.
For me (Kate) - my self care is allllll about boundaries. Through sobriety I’ve realized that I’m super introverted. I am super empathic and tend to carry others’ feelings, leaving me depleted, bitchy, and susceptible to relapse. Self-care forces me to implement a process for protecting myself from getting over-stimulated.
I have a self-care “day” which isn’t all that fun TBH, but I get all the heavy lifting shit out of the way. I go to yoga, I go to therapy, and acupuncture. I usually try to get groceries for food prep, run any annoying errands I might have. It’s not fun or glam, but it’s instrumental to my mind, body and spirit.
But also we have fun splurging on ourselves and others! with all the sweet cash we saved from not buying booze. Sometimes you just need a Fudgey The Whale cake.
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