Yelp’s #SummerOfSelfCare highlighted local businesses that stress the importance of de-stressing. Throughout the summer, we introduced Yelpers to options for self-care in all its various forms. Elites and non-Elites alike were encouraged to take a break to take care of their body, mind, and soul – and celebrate the businesses that help make it happen!
We chose to hold this event series in the summer, not only because of the alliteration, but also because Self-Care Awareness Month is in September and International Self-Care Day is on July 24th. The reason 7/24 was chosen to mark the latter holiday is to symbolize that the practice of self-care and its benefits are experienced 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
This summer, we practiced self-care across 7 events, 9 drop-in experiences, 11 check-in offers, and 5 Instagram giveaways. Together, we…
…got our fitness in…
…took care of our mental health…
…enjoyed treats in moderation…
…and just plain had fun!
When asked how they practice self-care in their daily lives, Yelpers said…
- massage, acupuncture, pedicures, facials, spa, maybe a little Botox
- getting outdoors, exercise, yoga
- remembering to breathe
- good food, getting myself that cookie or ice cream, eating healthy food, drinking coffee, brunch with girlfriends
- good books, journaling
- listening to music, dancing
- talking with friends and family
- having a garden, having pets
- practicing gratitude
- snapping a selfie or taking a new profile pic
- saying no when my schedule is too full!
- saying yes when my schedule isn’t full enough 🙂
Do any of these resonate with you? Are any of them something you’d like to make more time for?
While self-care doesn’t have to involve anything but yourself, there are a number of shops, stores, practitioners, and locations that can assist with or deepen the practice. If you have a favorite local business that helps you help yourself at any time of the year, share the love!
A special thank you to all of our partners:
OR Brewery Running Series | Lolo Pass | Ruff House | Quantum Martial Arts | Fuel Yoga Workouts | Holler Treats | yogaRIOT | Star Cycle | Treebeard’s Taphouse | She Bop | Greenleaf Juice | KingPins Beaverton | Apis Photography | The Float Shoppe | Portland Axe Throwing | Center Gyrotonic | Fierce Fitness Kickboxing | Drop Dead Beauty Co | Seagrape Apothecary | InTensional Movement | Kiva Tea & Spa | Chez Aesthete | Unwind Massage | Body Mechanics Pilates and Bodywork | Rose City Comic Con | PDX Hot Sauce Expo | OR Brewers Fest