Care webs are one of my favorite wellness tools because they ask us to think about how we give, receive and practice care. Care webs ask us to think about our relationship to community, belonging and wellbeing.
Wellness action item of the day: check in with one person in your life (neighbor, family member, coworker etc) and see if they have a desire to listen to/receive a menu of relationship—appropriate care actions of your creation.
Create your own menu of care actions.
Potential Care Action Menu:
pick kids up from afterschool
drop you off at ______ / bring you to ______
go grocery shopping for you
support you with medical appts
cooking meals/meal prep
watching/spending time with kids
help organize home
Check in with the person about the list you offered and see if they have any care requests to make of you!
There are a buuuunch of care actions out there. be creative and mindful about your time, capacity and resources. notice the impact this has on your sense of belonging and the impact this has on the person receiving care. if you’re a person that’s desiring or needing care.
Did this support you? Tell me how activities of service, kindness, and care make you feel as a giver and a receiver in the comments.”
I have 3 children, really young adults, and caring for them is the highlight of my life. My oldest is on her own and my boys are still in college. I find time to check on them, usually daily, and always separately, to give each their own space to tell me their highs and lows. They also support me in my day and check on me as well.
I take my next door neighbors kids to school each day. She is a nurse and he is a police officer. It is an immeasurable help to them and makes me feel good to be able to help. I also have several clients in their 90’s. I love being able to help them out with all kinds of things! Hope someone is there for me when I am 95!