Taking care of yourself is like putting a warm scarf for blanket over your head and being filled with the warmth of I AM CAPABLE; I practiced an act of self love today. :)
I've been in denial for a long time when it came to my MS diagnosis, but today I did what I was told (in an authoratative black grandma voice lol) - I started my treatment! It can only reduce the progression right? Anything is better than nothing or even waking up with a legit physical disability. And we don't want that!
How are you taking care of yourself?
And I'm not talking about self care or personal care - I'm talking about doing those things that are a nuisance, annoying, "shit! I really need to get this done!" type of care.
I will share that though we get stressed about doing tedious things, the long term benefits or even short term benefits can outrule our Anxiety. BUT! "baby steps ARE steps" - I took my time to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis and gained more knowledge about the drug that I was instructed to take. Also, there were questions that I still needed answers to first - meaning I asked for an MRI, BEFORE I started my treatment; I wanted to know what my status was after 2 years and THIS was my decision to do what I needed to do.
I ask again . . . How are you taking care of yourself?
What do you HAVE to do?
If you're not ready right now or today or this week . . . It's ok. Baby steps! YOU ARE CAPABLE & deserving of LOVE, esp SELF LOVE.
~ deeply out ❤
What has given my spirit so much peace, a spark of productivity in the last 2 days is allowing inspiration to push me towards purpose!
My depression has taken me on a rollercoaster ride of un-productivity and accepting defeat. But yesterday I ran across an Open Letter by an artist in the New York Arts community, along with a Dance Magazine article that spoke about Racism and Mental Health. These 2 pieces inspired me SO much - to take action with my current project: BWYM, aka getting my ass back on social media, to share my new project . . . also resonated deeply with me.
In reading these pieces, it truly inspired me to take MORE action in my community - to make a difference in a more impactful way, regardless of the "rumors," the dislike, the ignorance, the 'not so good' reputation that I have . . . I'm passionate about mental health and sharing the truth about the harm that black women, black artists, BIPOC communities experience, etc.
However, the difference this time is . . . strategy.
If you strategize (like I'm strategizing my next move now), write & you still feel led to DO something . . . then, no one should have a say on whether or not you move forward with that vision. If you want your close friend, or tribe, or support system to SEE your vision or chime in with their thoughts . . . that's ok, BUT if you have the STONG desire to take action on something or to make a difference - I fully support it!
We often say that phrase with an arrogant and demeaning tone, BUT Do you! - is my way of sharing that your mental health is slowing improving. Do you recognize that? You're feeling something again. You've found passion again, just in a new way! You are contributing to your wellness, your well-being . . . YOU.
What is making you feel better today . . . than how you felt last week?
Remember: You are feeling better. You are feeling well.
~ deeply out ❤
I was having a really hard time last night, so my friend sent me this and said:
"Let the music wash over you."
~ deeply out ❤
Ask yourself . . .
Do 'they' see me as a problem or do 'they' see me as a person?
You may be asking why does it even matter how others view you? Let me tell you that IT MATTERS . . . because YOU MATTER.
As much as we want to ignore or act as if others' perceptions don't affect us . . . sometimes they do. And the first step in practicing MINDFULNESS is to acknowledge how we are feeling right?
I'm not a therapist but I AM a teacher, who always wants her students to embrace who they are. So I'm sharing with you that if you don't feel like you can always be your authentic self, then you may not be in a safe space, to be a PERSON . . . a human being, who's flawed, but who continues growing every day.
I would say that you can become a "problem," when you aren't aware of yourself, when you aren't mindful and aren't willing to hold yourself accountable.
Yes, some situations hurt more than others and trigger us to respond in ways that are unlike our true selves . . . but at the end of the day, do you forgive and forget? or just forgive? or just move on? In my eyes, the latter is the most detrimental because it shows a lack of acknowledgment; there are 2 sides to every story, right?
And just to be fair . . . let's just answer the initial question: Are you a problem or are you a person? Here's my answer:
You are a PERSON, a human being who deserves to be loved, accepted, respected, and empathized with. We all have a back story, but are you willing to share yours?
~ deeply out ❤