Since the beginning of the year, we’ve had quite a few students and friends complain about the fact that they feel either more anxious, depressed or are experiencing burnout for the first time and can’t understand why.
We live at a time when people pray to the gods of exhaustion and overexertion. It’s a badge of honour that we proudly wear. We’re working longer hours than ever before, taking on more responsibilities, being expected to fulfill the roles of several employees and employee wellness is just a buzz word that most companies do not adhere to.
We’re suffering from insomnia, have not had a decent home cooked meal in weeks because it’s easier to just get some take away food and drink or eat our problems away. We spend our money on quick fixes hoping that a manicure, shopping spree or night out will alleviate the pain. We know that this is not the dream life we signed up for. We know that the more coffee we drink, the harder we will ultimately crash. When we get told that we need more self care, we roll our eyes saying that we don’t have time and want to be taken seriously. How are we ever going to climb that ladder of success if we’re taking time out to slow down?
But deep down, there’s a part of you that wishes you could just stop. A part of you that secretly wishes someone would gently lead you to a quiet space to gather your thoughts where there were no demands put on you. A place where the only thing you are expected to do is slow down, reflect and let go in the company of people who understand what you’re going through and really hear you without judgment. A place to vent, to share and to be free to express yourself.
Self care can be intimidating and overwhelming if you don’t have a practice in place or if it’s not something that you grew up around. It takes time to figure out what makes you feel good and is not just a temporary fix.
You have permission to rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything and everyone that is broken, lost or struggling. You do not have to try and make everyone happy especially if that means putting their needs before your own. When last did you do something creative just for the sake of trying something new?
Just for today, take a few minutes and spend some time alone without distractions. Put your phone and your music away. Take a walk on your lunch break. Sit on a bench in a park. Go to a book store or library and read. Meditate and if you don’t know how to, there are thousands of free Youtube videos and apps on your phone guiding you through the process. If you really want change, you have to do things differently.
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Taking proper care of yourself is not self indulgent or selfish. Caring for yourself is an act of courage and survival.
If these words have resonated with you and you’re sick and tired of always feeling sick and tired, join us from Tuesday April 4th. You do not need any previous writing experience to participate.
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The only way you can change your story and live a life that serves you is by figuring out what your story is. We will be here every step of the way to help you when you’re feeling stuck, help you create a creative practice that works for you and help you navigate your way through the process.
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Until our next blog piece, Write On!
This piece originally appeared in the Write On! newsletter. All words written by Amy Kaye.