Self-care is about taking care of you so that you don’t feel
like you want to run away from home, aka your life.
Michelle Goodloe, self-care blogger and author of the guided self-care journal, Self Explore, Self Restore stopped by the virtual studio to impart some wisdom on how to take care of you both in and out of “crisis season”.
Michelle is a licensed social worker with experiences in providing clinical services, technical assistance and training on interpersonal trauma, domestic violence and child abuse. She is all too familiar with, and understands how difficult it can be to practice self-care on a regular basis. Thus her reason for creating the GMichelle Self Care Platform“.
And in this episode she’s handing out all kinds of self-care goodies as she reminds us that self-care isn’t selfish. She sheds light on how you can get consumed with guilt because you don’t feel like you deserve to take care of you, why you feel guilty about and how you can put those feelings in check with a few simple, but fun activities.
Some of the things we covered in this episode were:
- What is trauma?
- Implementing a regular and daily self-care practice
- Creating a self-care “to go” strategy
- How self-care is directly connected to self-awareness
- Recognizing deficits in nutrition to contribute to increased stress levels and trauma
…and so much more.
Michelle also answered a listener’s question during this episode. Here’s the question, but you have to tune in to hear her response…
I’m a single mother who works full time. Although, my kids are not a job, most of the time it feels like I have 2 full time jobs and I’m being worked overtime.
At this point I’m feeling run down and I’m failing to take care of myself due to time and financial restraints. It’s hard for me to feel strong and be at my best when I feel so worn out mentally and physically. But I know if I’m not okay then my kids are not okay so I need to take care of me. How do I find time for “me time” that’ll fit in tight budget?
The strategies/activities she provided in response to this question are oh so good. She made it super clear that you can still take care of you even when it’s challenging to take a break from being a mom.
Taking care of you is the MOST important thing you can do for yourself and your family. You want to leave a legacy that your family can be proud of, and that starts
with you taking care of you FIRST.
…because as cliche as it sounds, you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of you.
As you can see, this episode is filled with so much goodness. So be sure to check it out.
And be sure to connect with Michelle Goodloe on Instagram at @thegmichelle and on her website at gmichelle.com. And while you’re on her website, take a few minutes to take the Discover Your Needs: Self Care Quiz and check out this really cool article: 3 Ways to Create Your Self-Care Plan.
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