Any practice that contributes to one’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health with the intentions of maintaining and restoring health, replenishing energy, nourishing the soul, or managing stress is a form of self-care. Led by the work of Black feminist scholars, self-care has a history within feminist and queer communities as a revolutionary act in response to trauma. Within a clinical framework, self-care is viewed as those individual acts we can perform to prevent and manage illness, in partnership with healthcare professionals.
Empaths have so much to offer as healers, creatives, friends, lovers, and innovators at work. Yet highly sensitive and empathic people often give too much at the expense of their own well-being―and end up absorbing the stress of others.
When faced with loss or trauma, the grief can oftentimes feel overwhelming. It can feel difficult, if not impossible, to focus your attention elsewhere. And yet, during hard times is the perfect time to look inwards for support and practice self-care.