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#selfcare has been one of the trendiest hashtags on social media for a long while - thank you Pop Culture! However, I feel we need to make some room for less romanticised and aesthetic-pleasing versions of self-care, maybe the type that involves more than a brightening mask? I am known to slap on a mask for my dull skin and call it my #selfcareroutine, which it is of course in some way, but my insecurities, contradictions, failure, mistakes, comparisons, complexities, depression, stubborn habits, and other issues usually demand a tad bit more.

My self-care routine has to be strong enough to pick me up from a bathroom floor when I get too insecure to face myself and the world. It needs to help me forgive myself yet again for ending up on those cold tiles. And sometimes, it just needs to sit with me as I cry the day away. Above all else, it should help me clean up all the horrifying and false stories that I've been telling myself for such a long time, which of course are the roots of many of my issues.

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(Photo by Claudia on Unsplash)

I think a poetry workshop is a great tool for this type of self-caring. Before you write me off completely, hear me out please. Let me specifically talk about the poetry workshops I run as part of the Life Righting Collective:

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If somewhere deep inside you, this has sparked interest, I implore you to listen to your own inner voice. Allow yourself to be curious, instead of fearful. Think about it - the worst-case scenario is I convert you into a poet (the wildest and most admired specimen in society). The best-case scenario is you walk away with at least one more delightful tool in your #selfcareroutine.

My next poetry workshop is on the 6th and 7th April (9.30am – 3pm daily) in Melville, Johannesburg. To book please email linda@liferighting.com

In this video, Linda Kaoma reviews Sisonke Msimang's critically acclaimed "Always Another Country". In this memoir, Sisonke writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA and returning to South Africa in the 1990s.

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