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Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women

May 19, 2020

It is a time of vulnerability, exposure, risk and relief for many of us as we creep out from our coronavirus shelters. To that end, I’m replaying an essay I wrote in 2014—six years ago—after the death of my daughter Teal. I emerged then, feeling mighty vulnerable.

You can find that essay on my blog here. It’s called “Is This Crazy Contraption Seriously Going to Work?”

I’ve also re-released one of my main segments from early 2019, about getting through tough times. I share some thoughts I learned after recovering from a nasty fight. (Hey … they happen!)

No, you don’t have to curl up in a ball and never emerge again. Nor do you have to spend all your time with fists curled in fury, or shrinking in the shadows. Tough times can be not only navigated … they can be healers.

In terms of long-term difficulties – recovering from divorce, serious illnesses, deaths, or any kind of big job or life transition that is especially hard, self-care is critical. And yet … so many of us don’t know where to begin.

I’ve listed my top ten go to activities for this kind of self-care … and the various resources are mentioned below.

May this inspire greater self-care for you!

Posted with love,



Surrendering to Joy book

Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women Facebook group


Suzanne Falter is a writer, podcaster and essayist whose work has appeared in SELF, O, More, Fitness, New Woman and The New York Times, Tiny Buddha and Elephant Journal. She is the author of multiple self-help titles including How Much Joy Can You Stand? (Ballantine) and the upcoming book, The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care (Sourcebooks). Suzanne also hosts the Self-Care for Extremely Busy Women podcast where she interviews leading self-care authorities and shares her own ideas.