Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
From the desk of yo’ mama. Here’s one of my buddies from another nutty. You’ll like it. Promise.
In these tenuous times it is ever important for people who feel drained, tired, frazzled, and just in need of a respite to take care of themselves. When the voices of those who are marginalized or feel marginalized continue to be squelched, it is important to continue to speak for yourself and others. While self-care can often be seen as a buzz word, the act of self-care is the idea of showing the self value even when no one else may seem to.
Each person’s definition of self-care is up to the individual and how you feel at the moment. Self-care is a form of resistance and to resist is a form of self-care. It is important to be informed about issues that affect you, your community, and others. It is also important not to fall into a vortex of pain and suffering just because those around you may prefer you to be in that state. Self-care can involve stepping away from anything that is not lifting you up. Turn off the television, tune out of social media and tune into your needs in the moment.
If you are feeling depressed or down, self-care can just be as simple as taking a bath or shower and putting on your favorite comfy pajamas. If you feel adventurous, write in your journal or write a story that you have wanted to write for awhile. If you are feeling manic, maybe turn on your favorite tunes and have a dance party in your living room. Whatever works for you is great because it is your self-care.
At the end of the day we all are just trying to make it through to who knows where (a better place hopefully) and until then, it is important to stop and smell the roses when we can and just know that things will work out the way they are meant to, in time. That’s not an easy answer when you are hurting but you have to know that you are not alone and reach out to others when you can.