Published in the Fall 2012 issue • In web :: D.I.Y.
Self-Care DIY: A How-To Just for You
Community organizer and yoga instructor Kim Crosby give us the much-needed lowdown on self-care.
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Self-care is about us as individuals, but it is also about the ways that we are accountable to our communities. When we are not taking care of ourselves, we are not in the strongest position to support others. Sometimes this happens because we are overburdened with work, life and community commitments, but sometimes it is the “f.o.m.o.” (fear of missing out). It is so important to support each others’ events and initiatives, but it is also important to take a break and recognize that there will always be something happening and if you miss it that doesn’t make you any less awesome.
We need to communicate with each other when someone’s actions affect us, but we also need to be able to offer help. If someone is struggling and they are unable to practice self-care, think about how you can offer support and take a load off of them so that they can have more time for themselves.
Accountability also means considering, whenever possible, how the resources that we are consuming, and the choices we are making, fit in with our values, issues of access, and checking our own privilege. Is it possible to support a local community-based artist, healer, or space in your search for self-care? Is it possible to consider the environmental impact of your choices? This will always look different depending on who and where you are. But work to make choices that are accountable to us, and to our communities by valuing and honouring those of us who clean, cook and build the integral parts of our infrastructure.
Body: Inside and outside and all the way through
Everyone can practice yoga. Yoga is the union of breath and movement. It doesn’t have to include complicated postures or positions. It can just include light stretches and deep breaths.
Yoga for Queers & Misfits has a site with links to other resources to access yoga on the web: . You can also take a look at iTunes for yoga podcasts and videos.
This part of self-care is so awesome for me. This includes doing your nails, brushing, braiding and styling your hair anywhere on your body, throwing gold glitter all over your body (or getting any of these things done to you) — anything where you take a bunch of time to adorn or worship yourself.
You can make your own delicious shower and bath stuff, mixing delicious items like salt for exfoliation, oil for moisturizing (coconut oil is incredible) or honey for its softening and anti-bacterial properties. Check out YouTube for tons of amazing tutorials on how to keep it DIY.