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Sustainable Self-Care—Tending Your Life Podcast—Episode 65

Looking for Sustainable Self-Care?

One of the key reasons I believe so many of us are still looking for self-care that actually works is that the self-care we have isn’t sustainable. In this episode, I talk about what makes our self-care unsustainable, and the key questions to ask to start creating sustainable self-care.


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One of the best things about doing this work for as long as I have is the ability to see patterns over a long period of time. What are people struggling with? What are those tendencies that pop up again and again? And how can I fashion solutions that address those issues that don’t seem to disappear?

In this week’s episode, I’m talking about sustainable self-care.

One of the things I’ve noticed over the last few years is that people tend to take the same approach that got them into burnout, overwhelm, etc.—and apply it to their approach to self-care.

For example, if you overwork in your professional life, you’re likely to try to overwork or do too much in your self-care. If you’re a people-pleaser, you approach self-care so that it never inconveniences anyone and makes sure that you only do self-care that works for others.

While this might feel okay for a while, ultimately, it doesn’t address the real issues of why you need self-care in the first place and how to create it in a sustainable way that actually resources you..

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Homework: creating sustainable self-care

Ask yourself: what is the root of your need for self-care? What is the root cause, and how can you envision a root solution based on your unique needs, wants, desires, and way that you show up in the world?

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