2. the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Self-Care Social Hour is an event focused on starting a real conversation about self-care. We talk the good, the bad, and the ugly and a way to make it work. It’s a fun, personalized, and meaningful time for social self-care.
We believe self-care is personal and complex (and not always fun). Our event, on the other hand, usually has a decidedly fun approach to discussing such a serious topic.
Interested in trying it out?! Check-out the following ways to get involved:
Self-Care Social Hour is also a website working towards creating an online community that builds on the conversations happening at social hours and beyond. We see the conversation we have with each other and with our selves as the driving force behind the project.
By day I’m a mom and school social worker, but by night I’m a self-care aficionado. Just kidding, I am more along the lines of a self-care enthusiast who wants to keep it real and help others find realness with their own health and wellbeing. Sometimes I get this self-care thing right, but a lot of times I struggle. Luckily for me, my passion doesn’t lie in perfection. Instead I’m drawn to stories and solutions; and to process and growth. I believe there’s power in listening to ourselves and each other. But that’s often easier said than done. Self-Care Social Hour tries to make it a little bit easier.
Personally, I’ve experienced first-hand the importance of self-care: in my own mental health, in my experience as a mom, in my journey/my family’s journey with my dad who had Alzheimer’s, and in my professional life too.
Professionally, I’ve spent over a decade working on making positive change with others in education, the arts, and mental health/social work. I’ve been fortunate to have excellent education at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Chicago, and my work in a variety of nonprofits and K-12 schools. I’ve also had great training in Technology of Participation (ToP) meeting facilitation as well as improvisational theater at The Second City Training Center. All of these experiences come in handy when it comes to working with people. And I’d love to work with you.
Self-Care Social Hour aims at getting real with the challenges and opportunities in self-care. It’s dedicated to all of us who struggle with making healthy happen.
Self-care is for everyone. We strive to make it more accessible to more people through meaningful conversations, community-based events, and grassroots initiatives. We believe in self-care for all and the power of community in making that happen.