The art of showing up : how to be there for yourself and your people [electronic resource] / Rachel Wilkerson Miller.
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- ISBN: 9781615196623 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1615196625 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: [United States] : The Experiment, 2020.
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The Art of Showing Up is a modern roadmap to true connection-with our family, friends, and ourselves. It teaches kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness that ultimately lead to a more fulfilling life. Because when it comes to modern friendships, we are woefully inept: We barely manage to show up for our own commitments, let alone maintain decent relationships. And we're suffering. We're lonely, burned out, 'too busy' to see our friends, and certainly don't have time to make new ones. We're living in an all-new social landscape, with unprecedented conventions on how to relate. Rachel Wilkerson Miller is intimately acquainted with these modern realities, having experienced the gamut of personal and interpersonal (dis)connection. She offers a practical, thoughtful approach to taking better care of yourself and the people around you-whether you're currently thriving or kind of struggling. 'Showing up' is noticing, processing, and responding in a way that makes the receiver (even if it's yourself) feel seen, supported, and more whole. Showing up for others begins with showing up for yourself-that is, really getting to know your needs, physical- and mental-health status, and practicing self-compassion. In Part I, we learn how to better show up for ourselves: really get to know our interests and needs, tend to our physical and mental health, and set boundaries. This part includes exercises to help you understand your personality, who you are, and what you value; a guide to breaking up with your phone; and an overview of modern self-care. It explores the importance of and pursuing your interests and hobbies, as well as showing up for yourself when shit gets really hard (grief, unemployment, and bad break-ups). Sometimes the best way we can show up for ourselves is to let other people know we're not really OK. In Part II, we learn how to better show up for your friends, family, coworkers, and community: bear witness to their joy, pain, and true selves; validate their experiences; ease their load; and communicate that they are not alone in this life. These chapters explore how to make friends as an adult, how to avoid being a flaky friend, and how to maintain long-distance relationships. It also breaks down the process of showing up: Noticing, Processing, and Responding-which involves paying enough attention to spot patterns and know when something is off. In addition, we learn how to support our friends when they're going through a hard time, how to own up to our mistakes in our relationships, and how to break up with friends who have become toxic to your well-being. At its heart, showing up for yourself is an essential act of self-care and showing up for others is about knowing, and then doing, whatever you can to help someone feel seen and a little bit more OK.
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