Self-Care Social Hour is a social event focused on self-care that’s meaningful and engaging (often with a sense of humor/fun). You can experience a Social Hour in the following ways:
- See what it’s all about here
- Utilize our resources to independently host your own event
- Participate in an event near you
- Work with us and we can coordinate and/or facilitate a customized event or retreat for you.
Self-Care Social Hour is also a website working towards providing strategies, stories, and shout-outs to people taking care of their own health (self-care) and the health of others.
There are many different definitions of self-care. Here’s one we’re currently going with:
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.
Kelsey Wild, Founder:
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 to 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.
Besides the work I do with Self-Care Social Hour, I’m a mom to two little ones (2 1/2 and 5), a school social worker/mental health practitioner, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a struggling creative. 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.
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.