Audre Lorde said it best, Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” She was a queer writer and activist who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.
In such an oppressive society, she realized that our inner joy, peace, and bodies were also tools of political warfare. To live openly, honestly in a society that deems you unworthy and not succumb to these falises is trully revolutionary.
But self-care looks different for everybody, yet the one thing that I found is consistent, is the intentional act to cater to yourself. For me self-care is taking time to myself to reflect, relax and ground myself. This could be cleaning up my home, pampering myself, reading a book, or just laying on my sofa watching Netflix or listening to music with a candle lit.
For some it is exercising, going to therapy, being in nature, burning sage or a mixture of everything. As long as whatever you decide to do is freeing and helps you feel better about yourself and your growth there is really no right or wrong way to cater to yourself.