How to Self-Massage as an Act of Self-Love

Self-massage is one the greatest forms of self-love. Set aside time for date night with yourself, get naked (I’m not kidding), and simply use your fingers to knead and caress your skin from your scalp to your toes while talking to your body. Ask your body how it’s feeling, what it needs, what it wants, and tell your body thank you and I love you. I like to start standing up, and work my way down to my feet so I’m in a forward fold with my hands on top of my feet (see this link). Hang there and breathe in relaxation, bliss and love. You can use coconut oil, massage oil, or essential oils such as lavender to calm, or peppermint to open and bring down inflammation.

How to Help a Friend Through a Panic Attack

Panic attacks can be scary for both the person panicking, and for the friend of the panicker. But what you, as the friend of the panicker, need to have in mind is: they are way more scared than you, and they need you to bring them back to reality. Below describes what panic attacks are, what causes a panic attack, and how to help a friend through a panic attack.

Our Self-Care Workshop Offered Take-Home, Yoga-Based Tools for Mind Obstacles

Hi everyone! This is Shannen, founding editor-in-chief of The Strange is Beautiful and 500 hour trauma informed yoga instructor. I had the honor of leading our Self-Care for Mind Obstacles Workshop on July 29, 2018 and it was SO MUCH FUN !!!! The hardest thing about self-care is having healing options be accessible and affordable. For this workshop, my goal was to provide as many alternative medicine practices as possible, taught in the clearest way, and to make sure that everyone left feeling confident about practicing everything on their own post-workshop.

5 Roots of Wisdom From a Bonsai Tree

For Mental Health Awareness month, we had a few Instagram Live events. One of them was on May 10 with Alex Chavez for “Bonsai as Self-Care.”