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The African Woman: Intentional Self-care, Social Expectations and Obligations

Updated: Feb 5


Self-care is an essential aspect of maintaining good mental and physical health. However, social expectations and obligations can make prioritising self-care difficult for African women. In many African cultures, women are expected to put the needs of their families and communities before their own. This can lead to feelings of guilt or selfishness when taking time for oneself.


The purpose of the 'Intentional Self-Care' webinar series is to empower and educate African women in developing self-care habits for their health and well-being that will prevent chronic illness so that they can live healthier lives.  


It’s important to remember that self-care is not selfish but rather a necessary part of maintaining one’s well-being. By taking care of oneself, African women can provide better care for their families and communities.


Here are some tips for practising self-care:

  1. Set boundaries: It’s okay to say no to requests that are too demanding or that you don’t have the capacity to fulfil.

  2. Make time for yourself: Schedule time for activities that you enjoy, such as reading, exercising, or spending time with friends.

  3. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself, and don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect.

  4. Connect with others: Reach out to friends, family, or a support group for help and encouragement.

  5. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.


Assessing and understanding your social expectations and obligations is a good place to start on your self-care journey.


Click to register for the free webinar series. You will be added to the email & WhatsApp mailing list on 'Intentional Self-Care'.


Individual coaching sessions are also available on request. This is a deep dive into your limiting beliefs, social expectations and obligations. The coaching sessions will focus on identifying your priorities, setting boundaries, developing time management strategies, mindfulness and stress reduction, and developing a self-care routine.


Remember, self-care is not a luxury but a necessity. By prioritising self-care, you can better care for yourself and your communities. 😊


©Self-Care is Your-Care

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