Self-Care Interview with Dana, Founder of LOVE IS MY PROTEST
"Self-care is something I have to intentionally make time for because it’s easy to forget yourself when you’re taking care of everything around you."
We are so excited to introduce one of the small business owners we work with in this self-care interview.
Meet with Dana, founder of LOVE IS MY PROTEST, who creates journals for taking care. Every LOVE IS MY PROTEST journal is designed to add just a few minutes of reflection to each day. The designs are simple to help you build the habit of journaling. The journals are intended to be a keepsake so you and future generations can look back at your growth. The packaging is fully recyclable and the journals are made in the UK, using recycled paper.
Check out Dana's Instagram @loveismyprotest for daily inspiration.
What does self-care mean to you?
Self-care is accepting yourself in that moment as you are. Sometimes this requires action such as replenishing what’s been missing (e.g. skincare routine, healthy meal, rest etc) or letting go of any heavy weights on your mind/heart (e.g. journaling).
Has your perception of self-care changed, particularly with the events of last year?
My perception of self-care hasn’t changed per se, but the importance of taking care has intensified. Self-care has definitely had to evolve in lockdown due to the constraints.
What are some of the misconceptions around self-care?
Misconceptions are that it has to look a certain way. It can change over time and look different depending due to life’s circumstances.
What are some of your favourite self-caring activities or affirmations?
My favourite self-care activities include writing - having a complete brain or emotion dump is really self-soothing for me. I am also a big fan of sitcoms so I’ll watch season after season of a show that makes me laugh. Lastly, a simple 20 minute mindful walk has become a necessary daily practice for me
How do you make sure you’re regularly prioritising self-care?
Self-care is something I have to intentionally make time for because it’s easy to forget yourself when you’re taking care of everything around you. I have routines for this - some are daily, weekly or monthly but I never beat myself for missing a day.
Why is it so important to keep going even when you’re feeling better in yourself?
Self-care is a pro-active. Doing the work, even when you’re feeling good, helps you to be in the best place possible for when things may not be going so well.