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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Self-Care Week c/o Herakut

If, when you see, or hear of Hodges' model, you think 'Oh, that's about dividing the world up, putting things - including people! - into boxes.'; I'd request you to please reconsider?

Hodges' model, the two axes, the four care - knowledge domains or quadrants can be thought of as a temporary home. It's like a tent. No, it's actually more simplified than that. More like a bivouac. A shelter that needs to be constructed not with ready-to-hand materials and terrain, but what can be - ready-to-mind.

This construction makes use of two 'sticks' to form the model's axes. A key element too are the dichotomies - polarities - oppositions - continua that the model can reveal with a situated search. This search can variously be local, regional, global, or glocal (as I explained earlier this week - to follow).

This past week has been Self Care Week and the resulting bivouac is an idea-l-isation; a temporary home for a person and a group.

On twitter @SelfCareForum featured the 'continuum of self care':

The Self Care Continuum

Using Hodges' model, reflection on the above picture soon demonstrates the scope of the model. You can navigate the full range of care displayed above. There is however much more to discover.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, we've recognised anew, or afresh, the importance and value of the outdoors, nature and the environment in all its forms. Recently, I've had to take walks with patients/clients in the community, being unable to take in the aspect of assessment that stepping indoors usually provides.

Personally, for many of us, self care is predicated on the care of others: children, older parents, friends, colleagues and the community. A parent you haven't hugged, or kissed since March 2020.

Infants and children are missing out on truly formative years of schooling and teenagers on socialisation. Apparently, among the young, eco-anxiety is a real phenomena, whether it is debated as an unsurprising fact of 21st century life, or a medical problem.

Hodges' model is much more than axes, continua and boxes. While as shown on this blog (since 2006) Hodges' model is made up of several axes and dichotomies, the model's boxes provide the means to weigh the evidence. The model can help that a given situation and context is considered holistically (parity of esteem in physical and mental health) and in a person-centred way. Then, having fulfilled their purpose, we can collapse the boxes, the bivouac and carry forward the conceptually integrated care.

To deal with eco-anxiety, we need tangible signs of social and political progress, as action is taken to tackle the climate crisis. Physical evidence is the best emotional therapy of all. Just imagine when the news media reports that CO2 has decreased, sea-level rise is slowing, plastic and air pollution are reducing.

When will that be?

I'm not sure and as with COVID-19, the uncertainty is a collective and protracted pain.

As the arts continue to inspire us, there is no doubt that caring for self and all are now inextricably linked: from self-care to planetary health.

What do you think - Self Care Tree Girl?

humanistic ----------------------------------------------- mechanistic


My sources: And with many thanks.


Self Care Forum

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