self-care

/ˌselfˈker/

noun

1. the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health

2. the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

Our Mission

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. 

Our Vision

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.

Self-Care Social Hour is an event focused on starting a real conversation about self-care and taking care of our health. We talk the good, the bad, and the ugly and a way to make it work. We believe conversation helps make meaningful self-care more possible.

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.

Kelsey Wild

Kelsey Wild

Founder

As the founder of Self-Care Social Hour I am the ultimate self-care guru. In fact, I only ingest 100% organic smoothies and sleep upside down with crystals in my nose. I never eat junk food, avoid confrontations, or struggle with body image.
 
Alright that’s not me. In reality, I’m no guru – but I’m an advocate, a practitioner, and a facilitator of meaningful and messy (real-life) self-care for everyone — especially for those who don’t get it enough.
 
I came to this work somewhat begrudgingly. As a mom, wife, social worker, daughter, and human being, self-care felt like a luxury in the midst of everything else on my plate. But then I hit my breaking point and I knew I needed to make some real changes.
 
Self-Care Social Hour started from that same need to make changes as well as the desire to create a community to support, motivate, and inspire healthy behaviors.
 
By taking the wisdom of real-life experiences and blending it with research-based strategies, Self-Care Social Hour has created a down-to-earth and meaningful experience for anyone looking to jumpstart their own healthy practices.
 
Professional Background
I’ve spent over a decade working on making positive change with others in education, the arts, and mental health/social work.
 
I’ve had amazing and diverse professional experiences at  Columbia College Chicago (BA, Fiction Writing), the University of Chicago (AM, Social Service Administration), and my work in a variety of nonprofits and K-12 schools.
 
I’ve also had great training in various facilitation methods: Trauma-Informed Coaching, Technology of Participation (ToP) and improvisational theater at The Second City. All of these experiences come in handy when it comes to working with people. And I’d love to work with you.