A Chat With Luvvie on Self Care
I had the pleasure of chatting it up with everyone’s homie (at least in their head), writer, speaker professional troublemaker Luvvie about self care.
How old are you? 31
What are your noire care practices? Many, many naps, going to get food with friends and binge watching Netflix
When did you pick up the art of the nap? I picked up the napping habit in college. In college you are running around and then mid-day you just stop and squeeze in a nap.
You have a new book coming out, “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, numerous speaking engagements, interviews and appearances, with all of that going on how easy has it been for you to make time for self care? Not easy, not at all. I have to be intentional. I have to put it in my schedule, actually schedule “This week I’m not doing nothing at all” In general it’s about an hour a week that I schedule. If I didn’t schedule some time I’d be burned out. It’s easy to go, go, go, then sometimes your body says sit down.
What would it take to get to everyday? “Everyday? (laughs really hard) man, that would take discipline.” It would mean actually creating a schedule for myself, I work for myself so every day looks different.
What does self care look like in Nigeria, what kind of practices have you witnessed as a culture growing up? We’re not a big self care culture. We are pretty self less people, we take care of guests our family.
Self Care isn’t selfish, you don’t have to feel guilty.
I’ve spent alot of time with friends families from both Nigeria and Ghana and while many have said the same thing about not really being big on self care, would I be stretching it by asking if you think the time and care you put into food is an act of self care? Now we are a cooking and eating culture so yeah I could stretch and say maybe good food is an act of self care.
What would you want your future daughter, god daughter, nieces or young female cousins to know about the importance of self care? Self Care isn’t selfish, you don’t have to feel guilty. I want them to see that I sometimes disappear for a day to make time for myself. We need to normalize self care, make it the standard.
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