Self-care is a RADICAL act of self-preservation.
Audre Lorde, Poet
RADICAL: affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough; forming the root.
Those of us in the human services fields (social workers, nurses, therapists, educators, etc.) often tend to disregard our own care or minimize it in relation to those we serve. Sometimes we care so much about other people that we sacrifice our own needs without even noticing. And we can do this for quite some time, until the lack of care we've given ourselves shows up negatively in our health, well-being, or professional choices. This is called burn-out. The antidote is SELF-CARE. By cultivating deep, courageous self-care practices, what I call RADICAL TENDENCIES, we can stay in this challenging work long enough to see our efforts make a positive impact in the world.