Today’s AWAP Wednesday video is for all of us ChronicBabes who are bad about self-care. Those of us who do what we need to do to get by every day, but don’t always take the extra steps we need to feel pampered. No judgment here—just some practical advice for you, and some compassionate urging to get RADICAL with your self-care!

Watch today’s video, in which I share what MY radical self-care looks like, and some tips for YOU to get started:

*AWAP = As Well As Possible

Now it’s your turn:

What does radical self-care look like for you? I wanna know! Join the conversation in the comments below, share your experience and ask for advice from our community.

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Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches!


(Rough) transcript:

Oh hello there, you caught me on a radical self-care day. Care to join me in some home spa treatments and a mineral water? Ahhhh…. that feels better.

Hi! I’m Jenni Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible). Each week, I offer you my favorite tips and techniques to help you craft an incredible life beyond illness. Yes! I know you can.

Today I want to talk about the idea of “radical self-care,” a practice I use to keep myself going through the most difficult times. This is self-care on steroids, y’all. (I mean, for some of us, that’s not metaphorical, amirite?!)

When Your Regular Routine Just Isn’t Enough

In past videos, I’ve talked about creating your sacred practices—the daily things you do to stay as healthy as possible despite illness. For me these include meditation, eating healthy, bathing, taking my meds on time, pacing myself… and a few more.

But some days, my regular routine just isn’t cutting it. Maybe I’m going through a time of extra stress, or I’m facing a new challenge that’s sapping my energy.

That’s when I practice radical self-care.

Radical Self-Care

Radical self-care is the practice of prioritizing your self-care and taking steps to maximize it. That’s it! Pretty simple, right?

SO MANY OF US struggle to do this. Sure, it’s easy to say “just take better care of yourself!” but in the moment, when you’re stressed and exhausted and pulled in many directions, it’s hard to stop and take good care.

But you MUST. You simply must. I’m writing you a prescription for self-care. Because you can’t face those challenges—surmount those struggles—if you aren’t taking good care of yourself.

What Does Jenni’s Radical Self-Care Look Like?

When I’m in a rut and struggling, I take a radical self-care day. So on top of the other things I mentioned earlier, I might take an extra-long bath with essential oils and epsom salts. I will definitely order some sushi or another protein-focused meal, and reschedule work so I can hang out on the couch and watch some sci-fi. I’ll paint my toenails, I’ll listen to a guided meditation, I’ll jam out to my favorite tunes.

In short, I’ll do whatever it takes to get myself back on track, back to baseline. Because I matter. If I don’t take good care of myself, no one else will.

When things are at their worst, you MUST make time to practice radical self-care. You’re so worth it!

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Thanks for watching today! If you’ve got an example of how you practice radical self-care, share it 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!

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