TREAT YOURSELF Making time for self-care doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, but it can have a significant positive impact on your well-being. Ash and Ivory share some of their favorite ways to wind down.
-Take a bath Ash: My grandmother passed away like two months ago now, and she was like an avid bather. I remember as a child making a bath for her, and she also passed away in the bathtub, so that was further encouragement for me to be like, let me bathe. I love epsom salts; they help me relax. Put a little lavender in there, too.
Ivory: I mean, you have no choice but to sit there and you can't do much. Just relaxing in the water; I love that. Also, I read my Bible because that keeps me grounded. I'm inundated with so much information, I'm pulled here and there, but when I'm in my word and I'm staying close to God, I feel like a child coming to a safe place.
-Write it down Ivory: I've just learned so much about myself, about being married or how to be a better partner. ... It's a brain dump and I feel like when you read those pages, you be like 'Dang, bro! This is how I'm really feeling?' A lot of times you don't have time to sit and think about what's going on.
-Practice self-compassion Ash: Meditation, I've been off that lately to be completely honest, but that's the thing _ you can always pick up and continue. I think I'm a lot better now at avoiding that self-deprecating thing that we do when we fall off. Now I'm just like, you know what, that just means I'm going through a little season right now. I'm gonna get back on it and it's gonna be amazing. ___ Self-Care Sunday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Reunion (2557 W. North Ave., Chicago) $20, registration required. Visit blackgirlinom.com to RSVP.