Shaking up the status quo

Looking after yourself is a form of activism. When we are perpetually stressed we keep in line. When we are constantly overwhelmed we don’t have creative ideas, we run on fumes and have little left in the tank for the lightbulb moments that shake up the status quo.

When we prioritise resilience and wellbeing we bring ourselves to a state of clarity. We can develop ideas and strategies to shake things up, to push forward with game changing ideologies, to change the power dynamics that perpetuate inequality and injustice.

The not-for-profit sector needs resilience, clarity and wellness more than any other sector. The not-for-profit sector is doing the most powerful work in society, and we need you to be well to lead us all in the right direction.

It is not selfish to carry out regular self-care practices. Some may say it’s ‘soft’ or ‘woo woo’, but far too much evidence now points to the fact that when we look after ourselves we are healthier, more productive, creative and we can connect with others from a more open, kind place.

And so, here are 54 ways you can prioritise your wellbeing:

Yoga

Meditation

Jogging

Walking

Being in nature

Having a massage

TRE shaking therapy

Petting a dog

Laughing

Singing

Dancing

Hugging

Asking for, and receiving help

Painting

Cooking

Reading

Taking a bath

Travel

Swimming

Practicing gratitude

Giving yourself a permission slip

Practicing self-compassion exercises

Therapy

Coaching

Attending a talk

Attending a workshop

Drinking a smoothie

Eating anti-inflammatory foods

Climbing

Sewing

Knitting

Meeting friends

Writing

Journaling

Improvisation

Cycling

Drawing

Speaking to someone new

Watching sport with friends

Playing sport with friends

Getting good sleep

Taking naps

Gardening

Listening to music

Playing music

Being with pets

Having your back tickled

Buying yourself flowers

Having a meditative cup of tea

Relaxing your muscles

Unclenching your jaw

Breathing deeply

Doing nothing

Self-care is a priority not a luxury. You deserve to feel well, resourceful and clear so that you can forge forward in the game changing work that you do.

Go forth and be well,

Hannah and Team Bird

We are looking for people in the charity or public sectors to share their stories. If you have actively supported yourself with self-care practices in order to feel resilient and happy in your work we want to hear from you! Please email me to discuss further. 

Photo by Ryan Jacques on Unsplash

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