Welcome to The Pride Law Firm’s exclusive self-care and wellness resource. In the 17+ years we have spent working with and supporting survivors of assault, we’ve seen the beauty in empowering our clients to protect their emotional health and happiness. We are more than just legal advocates — we’re self-care advocates!
Here is a primer on the value of self-care, and resources stocked with some of our favorite ways to practice self-love. If you do not find what you are looking for, reach out online or give us a call at 619-516-8166. We are a personal injury firm dedicated to the holistic well-being of our clients, including helping them find justice under the law.
Don’t forget to check back occasionally for our newest #WellnessWednesday post and additional resources. Remember that Jessica Pride and The Pride Law Firm are here to help you along your journey to peace and restoration.
“Self-care” is a common way to refer to prioritizing your mental and emotional health. It’s widely understood that stress causes real, measurable harm like rapid heart rate, fatigue, skin rashes, hair loss, and mood swings. Self-care practices have the same verifiable
Self-care is self-maintenance and is vital to your health. Actions as small as keeping a grooming or beautification routine, making time for hobbies, and setting movement or fitness goals can greatly improve your health and strength.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) lists these central aspects of self-care:
Practicing self-care is unique to every individual. It means staying in tune with your needs on a mental, physical, and aspirational level, and seeing that those needs are met in manageable and enjoyable ways.
Jessica Pride and the attorneys and staff at The Pride Law Firm have curated lists of books, recipes, mental health resources, and fitness guides to help start or encourage your wellness journey. We can be contacted online or at (619) 415-8822 for emotionally supportive legal help.
Emotional health is an aspect of your mental health, and emotional self-care means maintaining the tools necessary to cope with both negative and positive emotions.
Emotional self care can include:
If your emotional wellbeing is off, your mental health suffers. Mental health problems can manifest as physical problems due to stress and possible unhealthy coping mechanisms around it like smoking, drinking alcohol, or emotional eating. By nurturing your emotional health, you strengthen a frontline defender against psychological and physical harm.
The time to focus on yourself is now, but there is no rush — gradual change is sustainable change, and every step you take is an equal part of your journey. Here are some basic tips to start prioritizing self-care:
The tips and resources on this page are a great place to start, and we congratulate you on beginning this journey to sustain and nurture yourself.
The reason Jessica Pride and The Pride Law Firm emphasize self-care is because we understand just have vital it is to healing after traumatizing and dehumanizing experiences. Our staff is trained in trauma-informed care, meaning we strive specifically to recognize signs of trauma in our clients and their families. We structure our policies, practices, and procedures to avoid re-traumatization.
Part of healing for many who have experienced sexual assault, abuse, or harassment is the self-care of finding closure and justice.
If you need to speak to experienced attorneys about violations against you or your child, reach out to our San Diego offices online or by calling 619-516-8166. Your communications with us are completely confidential, and you will be met with the compassion and care you deserve.
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement | This memoir from Me Too founder Tarana Burke describes her personal survival, powerful activism, and profound belief in the promise of a better future.
What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics | As the first former gymnast to publicly accuse sexual predator Larry Nassar, Rachael Denhollander describes finding strength through her Christian faith to fight against corrupt institutions in this legal thriller and memoir.
The Socially Skilled Child Molester: Differentiating the Guilty from the Falsely Accused | Dr. van Dam’s description of common types of child molesters (‘grabbers’ vs. ‘groomers’) and their behavioral patterns is vital information for social workers, teachers, healthcare workers, law enforcement, community leaders, and parents—anyone with a duty to protect children.
No gym? No problem! Get ready to have some sweaty fun with personal trainer Desmond Jasper as he coaches you through this home workout.
Follow the extremely gifted Niki Trosky as she leads you to release tension, fear and self criticism through yoga. Suitable for yogis of all levels!
Ground yourself in peace and security with this 15-minute guided meditation, led by Reiki Master and Meditation Coach Janet Nicksic.
Usher your mind into a restful state with an hour of ambient sound, such as singing bowls and melodic vocals.
Help your mind and body transition to tranquility during this soothing 4-hour audio of sleep meditation sounds.
High-Performance Hypnotist De’Anna Nunez helps center yourself and tap into the power of your own subconscious in this 25-minute session.
Renowned sound healer Shelly Reef invites you to snuggle in and awaken your inner joy with this hour long session of therapeutic harp and crystal alchemy bowls.
“This should be required reading.” Join throngs of readers praising this poignant, powerful, and unflinchingly honest memoir by survivor Chanel Miller.
Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance | Gain victory over anxious thinking with this empowering guide of practical tools to help you face your fears and live the mighty life you’ve always wanted to!
Journey to the Heart: A 365-Day Guide to Thriving After Trauma | Don’t just survive after trauma — thrive. This compassionate, validating book guides you to healing from abuse with daily encouragement.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma | In this powerful #1 New York Times Bestseller, van der Kolk talks about trauma’s impact on the brain and body, while offering new hope for healing.
Entering the Thriver Zone: A Seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse | Complete with exercises and practical techniques for breaking patterns of abuse, this inspirational book helps readers confront a victim mentality.
Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing | Botwin proves the power of sharing your story in this collection of survivor accounts, interwoven with her own experience and practical steps for overcoming trauma (trigger warning).
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity | Dr. Harris presents the stunning science on how adverse childhood experienes lead to lifelong ailments and how we can stop the cycle.
Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse | Considered an essential read by both male survivors and their families, Gartner offers compassionate, practical solutions for recovering from boyhood abuse.
Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse | In this book written by a therapist, survivors of boyhood assault explore strategies for working through issues like trust, intimacy and making healthy choices.
Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive | This book shares the experiences of male survivors who have reclaimed their relationships, emotions and outlook on life (trigger warning).
Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices and Guidance for Living with Loss | Learn to embrace the complexity of your grief with this guide of daily reflections and practical tools for processing.
Provecho! Nothing says “self-love” like feeding yourself tacos! Check out this super quick and easy fish taco recipe by MasterChef, Claudia Sandoval.
Delight yourself in the little things by taking yourself on a “scavenger hunt for joy!” This list of simple pleasures takes you around your home or outdoors.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious, wholesome chocolate chip cookie recipe from the experts at Fab Cake Girls! Vegan option included!
Diffuse stress and nourish your body the natural way with this short guide to nutrition, adrenal support, and essential oil blends.