Finding wellness through connection.
The significance of social self-care isn’t talked about as much as the physical or emotional, however, it’s just as important. Based on your quiz results, your path to being well is paved with connection. Your relationships are incredibly important to you, and your ability to give and receive support is a key part of your well-being journey. Here’s your social self-care plan.
Your ability to relate to and connect with others has a profound impact on your sense of well-being. If you aren’t feeling as connected with those around you, it could be a good time to focus more attention on strengthening your relationships. Whether it’s with family, friends, or romantic partners, your superpowers activate when you are able to give and receive support.
If you’re craving new relationships, it could be a good time to look at ways you can seek out deeper connections with new people. Is there a coworker you’ve been wanting to connect with? An internet friend you’d love to grab coffee with? A friend from high school you’ve been meaning to reach out to?
🤎 Balanced Tip: Waiting for others to initiate a connection can sometimes lead to us missing the connection we need. This week, try initiating low-pressure plans with a new or existing connection and follow through on the plans you make.
Self-care doesn’t end with us. In fact, true self-care should feed into generous community care. As humans, we are designed to be social. For generations, our ability to survive was heavily correlated to being in community.
Though modern lifestyles have shifted, our need for community remains. Our ability to be well is interdependent on the systems and people around us. With social self-care being your main focus, look for ways to incorporate group wellness into your routine.
🤝 Balanced Tip: You’re best served by being in wellness with others. What are some ways you can incorporate the people in your life in some of your wellness practices? Perhaps this looks like meeting up with a friend to walk instead of going out for drinks, or inviting your loved ones to spend time in nature with you so you can all reap the benefits.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, however, being well-resourced can solve a lot of problems and help us create a sense of spaciousness in our lives. However, for Black people, this often doesn’t come easily. From redlining to racist practices of financial institutions, to the lasting impact of our ancestors being enslaved, Black people have additional obstacles that make it challenging to have the resources we need to thrive.
As the systems that contribute to these challenges are dismantled, understanding financial well-being is a critical tool of social self-care to ensure we’re using the resources we do have to support continued wellness and spaciousness.
💸 Balanced Tip: conduct regular financial health checks. Going through our finances to understand where money is coming in, where money is going out, and knowing exactly what we owe and to whom is an important activity to do at least monthly to support financial well-being.
When I am well, my community is well.
I find strength and vitality through my connections with others.
Being well-resourced helps me thrive.
Try answering these questions in a journal:
- What would your ideal day connecting with the people in your life look like?
- What does community care mean to you?
- If money were not an issue, what career would you pursue?
Listen to these episodes of Balanced Black Girl to guide you as you practice social self-care.
Books to inspire you on your social self-care journey.
People to Follow
Inspiring expanders to look to during your social self-care journey.
- The Black Girl Bravado – Best Friends and Self-Care Podcasters
- Tiffany Dufu – Founder of The Cru
- Tiffany Hall – Therapist Specializing in People Pleasing
- Dasha, The Broke Black Girl – Financial Activist
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