January’s issue focused on Self Care is directed by Wyn’s Associate Editor, Amy Jane Helmericks.
Visualize stuffing an elephant into spandex.
That’s the way I feel about the word “Self.”
Maybe you’ve heard the story of the blind men at the elephant? Five men touched five different parts of the creature (tusk, tail, ear, leg, trunk) and an argument ensued as each fiercely asserted they’d identified the essence of this mysterious creature.
That is the way I feel about the Self. It is an elephant-sized concept with all the wrinkles and warmth, the inflexibility and folds of the various parts of an elephant; and still it is one coherent (if improbable) whole.
Much of what we’ve discussed over the previous seven months here at Wyn could be summarized as different shapes of the self, so when we talk about self-care, we are looking at an enormous topic that is, at the same time, incredibly fine-tuned and specific to each individual.
Letter from the EditorJanuary 2, 2014by Amy Jane Helmericks
How to Win at Exercise: Do It for Your Mental HealthJanuary 3, 2014by Kristen KansiewiczExercise decreases symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Here are some tips to help you begin to exercise for mental health.
How to Care for Yourself While You’re UnemployedJanuary 6, 2014by Joanna HolmanUnemployment can tax your emotional health. Here are five strategies to help you thrive...even when your career isn’t.
Make a Self Care Plan That’s Right for YOUJanuary 8, 2014by Becky Castle MillerYou are unique and your needs are unique. Here are some ideas for determining the right self care plan for YOUR mental and emotional health.
10 Things You Should Know About CounselingJanuary 10, 2014by Heather VillaltaMany people would benefit from counseling but are hesitant to seek help because they’re not sure what to expect. These 10 tips will answer those questions.
Journaling for Non-WritersJanuary 13, 2014by Kristen KansiewiczHow to Journal When You're Not A Writer. Journaling has mental and emotional health benefits, but how do you start if you don't like writing?
Save the Hero: Self Care for the CaregiverJanuary 15, 2014by Meredith CrislipCaretakers often neglect care for themselves. They fear rest and renewal because these can be seen as selfish. Change that with self care for the caregiver.
(Fangirl Therapy) John Watson’s Mustache and Marking the Time After LossJanuary 19, 2014by Becky Castle MillerAcknowledging grief in meaningful ways is an important aspect of self care. (NO spoilers for Sherlock Series 3)
Speak Up For Yourself: Three Steps to Effective Self-AdvocacyJanuary 21, 2014by Evita GahaganBecome your own advocate in three steps: self-education + self-awareness + self-confidence = healthy self-advocacy.
(Life & Fiction) Holding the FearJanuary 25, 2014by Amy Jane Helmericks
Protect Yourself from Unexpected Stress by Creating Margin in Your LifeJanuary 30, 2014by April BestMargin is the space between what we are capable of and what we are committed to. How to live wisely inside the limits of your capacity.