The interpretation and act of self-care that advanced from Black activists' labor in the 1960s and 1970s are fundamental for people who participate in equity work, like those of us on the frontlines of hospitality. We nurture relationships, provide elaborate experiences, and feel fulfilled by doing so. But it can also be demanding and exhausting because it is emotionally, mentally, and physically laborious being "on" all of the time. If left unattended, fatigue can lead to stress, anxiety, and burnout. This is where routine self-care comes in. How can you take care of other people if you are not taking care of yourself? I encourage everyone to take time and reflect on what you have been doing to advocate for your well-being and honor history by making self-care a habit.
Thanks for tuning in! If you are looking for physical ways to care for yourself, Jägermeister and The Healthtender are back with another monthly movement challenge on Instagram! To honor American Heart Month and Valentine's Day, we will Jump Up the Volume of your heart! Complete 60 seconds of jumping jacks or jump rope, take a time-lapse video or a sweaty post-jump pic, tag @thehealthtender and @jagermeisterUSA, and use the hashtag #jmbalancedbartender. Head on over to my Instagram, @thehealthtender, for more details.
Stay balanced, my friends!