“Stealth care” is made up of all those tiny things you do throughout the day to make yourself feel better. They may not seem obvious to others, and you may not even think of them as self-care — but they are essential to life as a ChronicBabe! Today, I share some strategies so YOU can begin to build up your stealth care routine.
*AWAP = As Well As Possible
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(rifling through handbag) Let’s see, I’ve got my fan, my baby wipes, my meds, my phone charger, my… oh, hi there! I was just getting ready for a day of “stealth care.” Join me?
Hi! I’m Jenni Grover Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible).
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Today’s video is a quickie, but an ESSENTIAL for all ChronicBabes. We’re talking about “stealth care,” a term my friend Cece and I came up with recently.
“Stealth care” is our alternative term for self-care. I think we’re all bombarded with messages every day about self-care, and the overriding message – if you believe the advertising industry, anyway – is that self-care has to be big acts: An hour-long massage. A makeover. A new wardrobe refresher. A weekend getaway.
But seriously, who has time for all that? I mean, if you do, more power to you! But I almost never have the time or money to do that kind of huge self-care action. So: “stealth care.”
What is “Stealth Care?”
“Stealth care” is made up of all those tiny things you do throughout the day to make yourself feel better. They may not seem obvious to others, and you may not even think of them as self-care. Here are a few examples from my life:
I keep a lip balm in my purse, on my nightstand, in the living room, and in the kitchen, so I never have to get up to moisturize my kisser. (I take a bunch of meds that dry me out, so this is an issue for me.)
Even during a hugely busy work day, I take a 2-minute break every 20 minutes to walk around and stretch my back and clear my head. An app on my computer freezes the keyboard, which means I can’t blow it off.
I have a cute water bottle which incentivizes me to bring water with me wherever I go so I stay hydrated.
If I’m feeling frazzled, I turn off phone notifications for an hour so I get a break.
I keep some dark chocolate in my handbag in case I need a little treat.
Get the picture? “Stealth care” is the habit you build of sneaking in little moments of self-care throughout the day, so you’re constantly caring for yourself. This is good for your physical health, and great for your spiritual well-being – you’re sending an unconscious message to your brain that YOU MATTER and are worth taking care of.
Get stealthy, babe. Sneak in self-care anywhere you can.
Thanks for watching today! Do you have a favorite stealth care practice? I’d love to know. Share your strategy in the comments here or head on over to the blog at ChronicBabe.com to join the conversation—I want to hear what YOU have to say.
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Until we meet again, be AWAP! Smooches!