Self-Care Can Change the World with Shelly Tygielski

We are each born with a sense of agency and the ability to rise up and become a force for good. But unless we’re effectively resourced, in part through self-care, we limit what we have to give to the world. In her new book, Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World, Shelly Tygielski sees self-care as truly a selfless act, and a way to expand our view of the “self” to include our family, community, human beings across the globe, and the natural world.

From this lens, we can see that a commitment to self-care isn’t selfish; by taking an active role in safeguarding our mental and physical wellness, we give ourselves the power to show up, sparking a ripple effect that serves and inspires people everywhere.

In my conversation with Shelly we discuss:

  • What it means to show up for ourselves and our lives;
  • Seeing self-care as our duty to the world;
  • Understanding and tapping into our agency;
  • Finding the courage to expand our circles of influence;
  • Understanding authentic self-care;
  • Creating a self-care plan.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:




Shelly Tygielski is the author of Sit Down to Rise Up and founder of the global grassroots mutual aid organization Pandemic of Love. Her work has been featured by over 100 media outlets, including CNN Heroes, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A trauma-informed mindfulness teacher and a Garrison Institute Fellow, she has been called one of the “12 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement” by Mindful.org and teaches self-care and resilience at organizations around the world. Visit her online at www.shellytygielski.com and www.pandemicoflove.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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