Self Care Is Not An Option!

Are you taking the needed time to self care? Do you feel as though you’re on an unending escalator unable to get off? Are you experiencing  burnout, exhaustion, trauma or depression? Daily I read articles and hear discussions centered on burnout, exhaustion, depression and stress. Depression over personal issues and anxiety regarding the state of this country’s affairs. Demands made on our our
bodies. Many speak of being so busy they forget to eat. Still, many others have
difficulty sleeping. It is not okay not to eat and not to sleep! Many are traumatized by assaults to humanity by this administration. While, being vigilant we must take care to not allow these unrelenting poisonous assaults to inhabit our spirit and affect our well-being. Whether our daily routine or protesting social justice issues, we must  take care to protect ourselves. Self care is not a sign of weakness. Healthy bodies cannot survive without care. We must do everything possible to protect our health. Self care demands that we step away from our activities to rest, re-energize, relax and return renewed. We cannot be of service to anyone, if we are not well ourselves. Self care is not an option!

Ways to Keep Healthy:

0. Get sleep.
1.  Honor your right  to private time, time for self. Make no apologies.
There is a difference between taking time for self and isolation.
2. Do not isolate yourself( remove yourself relationships, the world,
and your normal routines.

3. Remember, there is still beauty and love in the world. Embrace it!
4. Do those things that bring you joy.
5. Surround yourself with those you love, like and respect.
6. Laugh.
7. Dance.
8. Listen to music and sing along.
9. Pray and meditate. Keep your spirit and heart fed.
10 Take a break from social media and definitely threads (debates).
11.Check in on each other.
12. Share a meal. Organize a potluck.
13. If physically able, take a walk and enjoy nature. Sit by the water.
14. Be still. Clear your mind. Repeat a mantra of your choosing.
15. In a crisis? Speak with a professional and/or someone you trust.
16. Work on your art, create.
17. Take a well deserved break. Have a me day.
18. Eat properly. Cut out junk foods.

Needed, more Architects of Healing and Resistance: Working to be Free, while maintaining our health. The freeing our bodies, and minds of stress. The experiencing of joy. The support of an intergenerational community. Dancing and rejoicing together as one community. Witnessing and experiencing communication between generations. We each bring something important to the table. We bring ourselves.

For information visit Mental Health, Resources & Advocacy

©Lorraine Currelley  01/30 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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