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“Palliative” self care is what I would call self care that I use to soothe myself when I’m in a particularly depressive or anxious phase. It’s about acknowledging that I’m in pain, and trying to find ways to make the pain a little less in the here and now. “Preventive” self care is about looking after myself when I’m basically feeling okay, and strengthening myself in order to be able to weather the storm of a bad patch in the future. “Palliative” and “preventative” could also be understood as “soothing” and “strengthening.”
today’s essay is by anna! more great how-tos and musings about what self care is. read it, love it.