When I shared my self-care regime infograhic and then my partial self-care calendar for May, I received a lot of wonderful feedback as well as requests to please create a full monthly calendar that we can all follow each month going forward, especially during the pandemic. I have come to learn in my many years of experience as a mentor to women, life coach and yoga teacher, many of us aren’t that great at self-care.
I planned this post a few weeks ago for June 1st, before George Floyd was murdered, which I wrote about here yesterday. And at first, I hesitated to post it today as it felt tone-deaf in light of what is going on around us. But I decided to post it on schedule for June 1st, because I could use it as an opportunity to make it a tribute each month to George Floyd’s life. Now, on the 25th day of each month, I have asked you to do something important. Something difficult and uncomfortable and necessary. The 25th of each month, representing the day George Floyd died.
On the 25th, I have asked you to have a conversation with your kids, your grandkids, or your nieces and nephews about racism, tolerance, equality and peer inclusion. The challenge is to keep the conversation going in two months from now. The pressure is on us as parents and adults to make it stop. This is a major teaching moment for our kids so that we break the cycle of racism. Let it stop with us.
I also have a responsibility as a Parenting Correspondent on Global News to help spread the message of love and tolerance and equality for all. I am grateful to have the platform, and will be sharing how to broach the subject of racism with your kids this Wednesday at 8:20am. Providing resources on books they can read, how we can talk about inclusion, respect for peers, and how we can also talk to our kids about images they are seeing on the news.
So, here you have it. Self-care activities to do every day. A reminder too each month to have those important conversations with loved ones. I hope you’ll print out the calendar and post it in a visible spot, so you can begin the self-love journey, and the journey of love and respect for others, if you aren’t there yet.
Wishing you peace, health, safety, calm, self-evolution, and tolerance.