Today’s Member Spotlight features founding SCS member, Beth Jones.
Learn more about how this trilingual high school English teacher used an anxiety diagnosis years ago to pivot to a life of self care.
As her journey evolved, Beth has developed a toolbox of consistent micro-habits that she uses to quickly shift her mental health and motivation.
At 30 years old, Beth shares how she lives unapologetically as a disabled woman, as well as some of her most powerful practices, and all that she is manifesting for a future that includes world traveling, plenty of love, two dogs, and one giant rabbit!
Read on to learn more about Beth.
Location: Sacramento, CS
Started Self Care In: 2017
I am a Canadian-born Californian. I was born in Ontario, Canada and we moved as a family when I was 4 years old. I am a high school English teacher. It is my second career. My first job, that I couldn’t find much work in unfortunately, was Public Relations.
I am the youngest of 2 children. But I have a HUGE non-biological family here in California. I also have about 4 non-bio parents who I have claimed as my own throughout my life in California. They are part of the reason I moved to Sacramento.
I am a disabled woman. It is a huge part of who I am. I am finally at the point in my life nearing 30 years old where I am unapologetic about my disability and how central it is to my life experience.
Living with something like Spina Bifida, where I have gone from walking with a walker and crutches as a kid to becoming a full time wheelchair user is central to my life. It shapes where I can go, how I can travel, how easy or hard traveling is for me, as well as people’s perceptions of me. And currently it definitely affects my dating life. Which is unfortunate.
Something you may not know about Beth:
I am fluent in both American Sign Language and Spanish.
I started learning ASL because spoken language was hard for me to learn growing up because of a secondary condition I have called hydrocephalus. Which affects my language processing skills among other things. So learning Spanish as well was hard but also much easier. It was easier because my sister in law is from the DR and speaks Spanish fluently, as it’s her first language. I’ve learned to converse in Spanish with her and my brother.
Favorite Book: Favorite book of all time is probably Little Women. I love the strong female characters, and I definitely identified as Jo March from a young age.
Beth’s Self-Care Journey
What initially drew you to self care?
Being formally diagnosed with anxiety about 3 years ago when I started teaching. I wasn’t taking care of myself and it led to what I now know were panic attacks at the end of the day in my car, and a constant feeling of dread. My mom actually brought up to me that living that way was going to kill me emotionally and psychologically.
When did you start and what did that look like for you?
3 years ago when I was formally diagnosed with anxiety. It looked like journaling, starting to do meditation weekly through the headspace app, and trying to dress up a few times a week to improve my mood.
Do you have a regular self-care routine?
Now because of SCS I do. It looks like waking up, stretching for about 5 minutes, doing a brain dump journal entry or a manifestation journal entry for the day (or the week) and washing my face every morning without fail. At night it looks like washing my face and trying to do a facial 2 times a week (Mondays and Fridays, usually), reading before bed, trying to unplug 30 minutes before I fall asleep.
What are some go-to self-care practices? The ones you know serve you best.
Breathing practices, eating well (less caffeine and sugar and processed food), stretching, and being in nature.
What is the biggest area of growth that you are working on at the moment?
Working on my relationship with technology. Like enjoying a movie at night or a show but not letting it lead to 2 hours of binge watching things instead of accomplishing anything else.
What is one struggle you’ve transformed into a strength?
One struggle that I’ve transformed into a strength is my physical space. I grew up with just doing a 10-minute clean a day and SCS has gotten me back into that old habit. So now my bedroom feels cleaned up regularly, and messes don’t get overwhelming to me.
What lights you up? When do you feel at your highest and/or most inspired?
What lights me up is both time with people I love and time on my own. It depends on my mood usually. When I feel most inspired is when I’m around friends and family.
Beth’s Self-Care Pro Tips
What tips would you give someone new to self care?
Just start with 5 to 10 minutes of something that will improve your mental health. Like making your bed, cleaning up around your home, taking a quick walk. Just get started. Then you can build a routine.
Any self-care hacks micro-habits that you’d recommend to others?
I would say breathing techniques are my go-to thing. They help me stay grounded when I feel my anxiety creeping in or I feel myself get overwhelmed.
What do you do or tell yourself when you need a little boost?
I am enough and that I’m doing enough or that I’m doing my best at this moment in time. Especially since we are in a pandemic and we don’t know when it will end. Teachers like myself are having to shoulder so much responsibility with so little credit right now. Just affirming that I am doing everything in my power in that moment is helpful.
Any SCS takeaways so far?
I would say the classes and the community have created those personal revelations for me. For example I was noticing my drinking habits changing throughout this time and I didn’t like it so I changed them. And now I have a much better relationship with Alcohol.
Beth’s Future Bio
Elizabeth Jones is a tenured English teacher in Sacramento, California. She is living with her partner. Their relationship is a strong relationship of shared values, commitment to one another’s success, strong communication skills and a mutual love of cooking and a healthy lifestyle.
They enjoy traveling on their weekends off, and during the summer months when Beth is off of teaching. So far they have traveled to Canada to visit Beth’s friends, Georgia and parts of the south to enjoy local food and culture, New Zealand and Australia. Australia specifically holds a place in their hearts because that is where Beth’s partner proposed to her. They are home in Sacramento now, and are planning a wedding for next June.
They also own 2 dogs and 1 giant rabbit. Who surprisingly get along very well together. They are currently investigating bringing foster youth into their house and starting to adopt children of their own one day.
Please join us in celebrating Beth! Share some love in the Self-Care Community, or help us co-create that future bio with a little extra manifestation energy in Beth’s honor today.