Emma Dowling examines the mantras of self-care and what they tell us about our anxieties

Emma Dowling examines the mantras of self-care and what they tell us about our anxieties

As the care crisis intensifies, we are repeatedly urged to take care of ourselves. Ubiquitous, too, is the talk of ‘wellbeing’ to which, as we know, a whole industry of products, apps, advice and therapies is devoted, piling into the gap created by the dismantling of...
Forget the oxygen mask

Forget the oxygen mask

Perhaps you have also reached the point where you involuntarily twitch when someone reminds you to put your own oxygen mask on first. Do you also feel a little flash of anger when you are subject to this caregiving cliche? This admonishment never comes with an offer...
Taking a personal inventory

Taking a personal inventory

As caregivers, we so often forget about ourselves. Sometimes it’s helpful to take a few minutes to take a personal inventory. Reflecting on today How did the day go? What challenges did I endure? What success did I experience? What did I do for myself today?...
The Key to Fitness

The Key to Fitness

It’s 5:30pm, the end of a hectic workday and you are looking forward to going to your gym to take a 6 P.M. exercise class.  But just as you are about to walk out the door, your boss informs you that you must complete and important project so that it’s ready...