The Working Parent Company founder Sharon Charlton Thomson was interviewed for a podcast by The Parent Practice on the subject of Radical Self Care for the Real World We Live In.

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In this episode with Sharon if you want to learn:

  • What self-care really means, given that the term is so overused
  • Why self-care is so often neglected and how that is a reflection of the busyness and productivity that we value and reward in our society
  • How radical self-care is so different and such a controversial idea for parents who are used to self-sacrifice, being programmed to be a nurturer or provider
  • Why our relationship with ourselves is so critical and how self-exploration is at its core
  • How this reflective capacity can be encouraged through mindfulness
  • About the six steps of self-care:
    1. Knowing that caring for myself fundamentally impacts how I treat others, so self-care is in service of something bigger
    2. Looking inwards –what do I think about self-care right now? This is examining our beliefs about this –is it self-indulgent? What stops me from making a larger commitment to myself?
    3. Checking that our basic physical needs are being fulfilled rather than stuffing more into our day
    4. Think about what tires and what inspires your soul – sometimes it’s ourselves, our inner critics, that tire us
    5. Practice compassion toward yourself
    6. Make self-care a habit to reinforce an identity of who you want to become; focusing on that long term outcome helps form the first steps to forming habits
  • How to be guided by a belief that self-care is a good thing rather than being guided by your inner critic, acknowledging your inner critic rather than trying to get rid of it (which you can’t do)
  • How important it is to reinforce good self-care habits in our children and not placing too much value on busyness 

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