I get it. Summer can be stressful.
Parties and swimsuits and beach days and vacations and weddings and barbecues and shorts….it is a lot. And it can feel overwhelming.
What will people on the beach think if they see me in this bikini?
Am I even allowed to eat ice cream?
Does beach season mean I have to work out more?
Should I eat a hot dog at the BBQ? Is a burger a better choice?
Why am I not on a cool vacation like that girl on Instagram?
If this sounds like you, I’m here to offer you support, insight, and validation. I don’t think what you need is another program to help you get your “beach body”. I don’t think you need an app to log your calorie counts or points. I don’t think you need a rigid exercise routine, a fancy retreat, or a million more things on your already overfilled to-do list.
Perhaps what you need is less information and more room to grow, expand, and rest.
That’s why I decided to create Self-Care Summer School.
I don’t think I can teach you self-care. But what I do believe is that I can offer you ways to explore your relationship with your body and make room for you to hear, nurture, and respect your body (and the support you might need to do it).
Before I tell you more details about what it is, let’s go over what it is absolutely not:
This is not a summer program to get your “beach body” - I’m a firm believer that your beach body is whatever body you’re in right now. This program comes with no body goals and no goal numbers (in fact, no numbers of any kind).
This is not a diet plan. I won’t be telling you what or how to eat.
This is not a fancy online retreat where we’ll be taking about our spa days and bubble baths.
Okay, okay. So what is it?
Self-Care Summer School is a way for you to feel more connected to your body and your mind this summer. For the past few summers, I’ve noticed I’m so caught up with doing that I’m not always letting myself be - which typically results in a lot of unhappiness, exhaustion, and/or resentment. I’m also cognizant of how hard it can be to take care of yourself in the summer with incessant messaging from our culture that you need to change your body in order to enjoy a day outside (which, by the way, is some BS). Which is to say really hard. These are conversations I have in my office a lot and I want to make then more accessible to people who may be looking for ways to ditch diet culture this summer.
My goal with creating this program is to help you find sustainable ways to take care of yourself without letting diet culture get in the way (for the summer and beyond). We’re not talking about boujee self-care that we see talked about in headlines - manicures, facials, etc. We’re talking about the basics - the stuff that you can do every day to better take care of yourself. We’re talking about nourishment, sleep, stress, social media, and so much more. It’s also designed knowing that summer is a busy so you get to choose your level of commitment/support!
What do i get?
Self-Care Summer School is an 8 week program that’s part workbook, part discussion, and part (optional) support group. There’s two different levels so you can choose the amount of commitment and support that makes sense for you.
You’ll get a weekly email from me every week with thoughts, inspiration, and tips on that week’s topics plus attached workbook pages (about 3-5 per week) that will give you activities, action items, journal prompts, and more. All the workbook pages will come as editable PDF files so you can do all the suggested work without ever leaving your couch.
You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other members to share, brainstorm, and gain support from people who get it. I’ll also be in the Facebook group asking questions, moderating discussions, and doing an occasional live Q&A video. You’re welcome to share your thoughts from the workbook pages with other members there or with me privately via email.
This is one level up - meaning you’ll get everything listed above plus a weekly support group call. These will be 60 minute group video calls where you’ll be encouraged to ask questions, listen to other people’s experiences, and share what’s coming up for you as you work your way through the material. The goal is the keep these small (~8-10 people) so you can be sure that you’re feeling heard and supported so this is on a first come, first serve basis. The weekly call will be on Thursdays at 7:00pm EST (with the exception of the first week due to July 4th - depending on people’s schedules, we’ll choose another time for the first week’s call). Depending on interest/availability, another group call will be scheduled for Tuesday or Saturday mornings (TBD). The calls will always be recorded so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still have access.
When is it?
Week 1 starts July 1, 2019 and we’ll wrap up with week 8 on August 23, 2019.
What topics can i expect to learn about?
I’ve taken some of the biggest topics I tackle with my clients and organized them into an 8 week series that allows for you to explore your relationship with food, body, and more. This includes talking about diet culture, rest, movement, and social media.
The basic outline is below but you’ll also be getting a questionnaire to fill out after you sign up that will allow me to get to know you and what you’re looking for support around this summer. That way, I’ll share with you my most important tips and tricks and also allow for space to specifically answer the questions that you have.
Week 1: Introductions + Intentions
Week 2: Back to Basics
Week 3: Diet Culture
Week 4: Body Image
Week 5: The Food Stuff
Week 6: Social Media
Week 7: Movement + Meditation
Week 8: Rest + Reflections
What is the time commitment?
Listen, I know you’re a busy person especially in the summer. So here’s the deal: you can sign up for the course (Self-Care 101) - that means that every week, you’ll get an email with part of the workbook. This will be 3-5 pages of questions, tips, journal prompts, and calls to action. You’ll also have an opportunity to connect with other members and myself through a private Facebook group. It’s totally up to you to decide how much time you want to spend engaging there but I would say dedicating about 1-2+ hours a week to do the workbook activities and participate in discussions on Facebook will be plenty. However if you’re looking for an extra layer of support, you can sign up for an optional weekly group call (Self-Care 202). This means an extra hour a week for about 2-3+ total hours per week.
Again, this is dependent on how much time you want to spend with the workbook and how much time you want to engage in the Facebook group. You’ll be getting material from me weekly but it’s up to you how much time you want to spend with it - you call all the shots. Meaning if you’re away one week or have less time to commit, that’s 100% okay.
Who is this for?
This program is for anyone and every one who wants to learn how to take better care of themselves and/or would benefit from accountability in doing so. There are no requirements for joining but if you’ve struggled with body image, an unhealthy relationship to food and body, or felt like a victim of our toxic go-go-go culture, you might resonate more deeply with the topics we discuss. The program is designed to help people recognize where diet culture may have impacted their ability to take care of themselves in way that feel authentically good and guide you back to a place where that’s an option.
Can I join if I have an eating disorder?
This group is for everyone to find ways to take care of themselves in ways that feel good mentally and emotionally but it is not a substitution for individual eating disorder treatment. All the materials will be sensitive and inclusive to those with or without eating disorders (or any disordered relationship with food) and may be good supplement to work you may be doing individually with your treatment team. However, this is not a treatment plan by any means and participating in this program is not a substitution for individual advice from myself or another registered dietitian.
What if it’s not summer here?!
Southern Hemisphere friends, I see you! Even if the weather is a little cooler where you are, most of the topics we discuss here will be applicable all year long. Self-care is not just for summer!
Ready to sign up?
STILL ON THE FENCE? HERE ARE SOME TESTIMONIALS FROM PARTICIPANTS IN MY PREVIOUS PROGRAMS:
“I spent a year looking at body positivity instas, trying to convince myself that it was for me too, that I could learn to let go of the rules, learn to intuitively eat. Joining this program showed me how I could actually do it. It’s a long process but this was a real start […] if you’ve been looking at body positivity and wondering how you can really begin your journey, this is it. Real steps towards food freedom from a qualified dietician who is lovely, supportive and actually gets it.”
“Thanks so much for this course Meghan. The emails were a great motivation and inspiration to keep trying new things, challenging myself and showing compassion towards myself. Your emails are like a little tool kit of things to try! Finally, our one-on-one call was so great and inspiring for me.”
“Overall, I LOVED this group. And I’m sad it’s ending! I can truly say I feel happier & have more compassion for my body and my relationship with food than like....ever in my life, probably, and I know this has a lot to do with that. So THANK YOU MEGHAN! You’ve been so supportive and personable and REAL. This has meant more to me than you’ll ever know!”
Still have questions?
Let me know! You can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I’m happy to chat and see if this might be a good fit for you this summer