Bring your community together
Community care and self-care take many forms. Here are some tips and tricks to hosting a community care event.
Plan a community care day
Community care and self-care take many forms. It can be anything that tends to your basic needs. Eating your favorite food, taking time to read a book, checking out therapy (if available), or spending time with friends are small ways to take care of yourself.
How do I make it happen?
The most important part of self-care is caring for yourself in a way that works for you. In order to throw the perfect community self-care day start by asking your community what they need for self-care! Send around a survey, have some informal conversations, or hold a meeting to find out how your communities best practice rest. Once you have a sense of what the self-care needs are, find a space to rest. Book a space where you can host massages, a reading nook, a snack table, art making, music making, and more. Look for organizations in your community that might be excited to donate chair massages, coffee and tea, or art supplies in exchange for promoting local businesses. Offer a yoga class or some guided meditation for a different way to relax.
Have a small budget? No worries! Think smaller and provide children’s books (from your local library, perhaps?), coloring pages, and quiet space for your community to sit and decompress. Caring for ourselves is a radical act that recharges us so we can continue to fight. Any space that you can make that will encourage folks to take time to sit and reflect will do wonders for your community’s morale.
What else should I know?
Sometimes it’s hard to identify what you need, especially in times we need self-care the most. Remember when it comes to self-care, YOU and your community are the priority.
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Jessamyn Stanley - practices and teaches yoga “for all bodies” in a self-affirming, no-bullcrap kind of way. Her Instagram is 🔥 and she uses it to share her wisdom on the practice of yoga and on life (it does feature some nudity). We hope that these yoga moves help sooth and invigorate you, and we also want to recognize that yoga is often co-opted and commodified by western culture. Practice with intention and awareness 🧘
This episode of Radiolab is one of the best narrative podcast episodes ever. Enjoy a story about a prank against the NFL that went off the rails and the power of the public. It’s funny, sad, thrilling, and cathartic.
This week’s playlist: Rosy Posy 🌸
Tips for success:
Be kind to yourself
Tell a friend about your self-care plan and have them hold you accountable
Remember self-care looks different for everyone
Call-in your fellow event planners