Radical Home: LOVE
Radical Home is our Museum Late programme. Radical Home: LOVE on 30 March 2023 saw just under 100 of us explore how loving ones self can be an empowering act.
We wanted to get away from the idea that self-care was just about scented candles and soaking in the bath, though it might start there for some. And we also wanted to acknowledge that radical change starts with small actions.
Our journey also included tours of the Museum's new Real Rooms project; the tours were incredibly popular and visitors were very engaged, asked lots of questions and made several really valuable and considered contributions too.
What we learned
As the end of the panel talk, we asked the audience to write down the changes they wanted to make in their lives. This was a way for them to hold themselves to account. The responses were touching and also showed just how the discussion struck a chord. Responses included:
- Understanding that self care is not always easy
- Not feeling guilty
- Setting physical boundaries as well as mental [boundaries]
- To begin walking in the park again at least once a week
- Drink less!
- Work less, cook more
- Scheduling time for myself and respecting these deadlines instead of dropping them for other people
- Stop being delusional
- Turn off your phone more. Don't have guilt for not wanting to be social
- Attend more meetings in person
- Switch off more - treat myself
- Stop constantly checking my phone for work - instead keep aside dedicated times
- Working my hours at work, taking my full lunch break and finishing on time - not giving over and above and beyond at the detriment of my health. I matter.
- I'm going to (try) and start treating my time with as much respect as I show my friends' time
- Be available at set times in set ways at work - listen to my body and intuition - focus on my strengths and stop striving against my weaknesses
- Take time to eat vegetables as this makes me feel good!
- Setting boundaries with a self-centred family member - standing up for myself in a toxic work environment - spending more time doing something where I can let my mind wander instead of worry
- Switch off work - downtime; quality over quantity
- Believe in myself - set boundaries - feel worthy of miracles
- Asking for what I need and not taking responsibility for what isn't mine
- Rather than setting boundaries between ourselves with others, think about our needs for ourselves
- Not responding immediately - listening to myself - saying no without apologising
- Create more down time and focus on my art with the spare hours
- Formalise my work from home plan - go to the gym more often
- Put more energy into taking care of my mental health - seeing friends and feeling like I have enough energy to give
- Spend time without my phone - setting boundaries at work
- External stuff that impacts my capacity drains my battery, that I can't change and will repeatedly encounter - consider this
- Being alone can be good for me
- Taking country walks, switching off, making time for my husband (who always makes time for me), and enjoying my life without guilt