My Cup Spilleth Over

For me, self-care is more than a spa day

Laura DeMaisBerg
Crow’s Feet

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Golden tea filling a glass tea cup with the sun shining through it
Photo by Isaac Chou on Unsplash

Yesterday I was in a training for work called Cultivating Collective Care. It was sponsored by the city to support people working in community and economic development.

As there almost always is, there was a section focusing on self-care. The trainer’s point was that once we could identify how we provide ourselves with care, we could understand that this first step was imperative to having sufficient mental and emotional energy to care for our communities.

One of the facilitators said, “Your cup should never be empty. You want to be doing enough self-care that your cup overflows. The overflow is what you share with your community.”

At our breakout table, we talked about the self-care that we each do for ourselves. It ranged from running to stretching to shopping. I shared that I read a poem and take a walk every morning. As we discussed further, I also shared that I do a one-minute plank with my mother. She’s in another state and a different time zone but we each do plank every morning and text each other. It’s a great way to strengthen my core and check in with my eighty-three-year-old mom.

I do lots of other self-care things too. Sometimes I binge on silly TV. I religiously go to my Thursday night painting class. I have a gratitude…

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Laura DeMaisBerg
Crow’s Feet

I write about seemingly mundane experiences that are relatable because we are human. Subscribe on Substack to get my stories directly: lauramc.sub-stack.com