FINDING MY TRUTH: IS SELF CARE REALLY IMPORTANT?


In the month of February, I participated in the three-part series webinar by Christina Garza, on “Organizational Wellness and Resiliency.” Initially, I’m thinking it’s another professional development training on maybe the power of networking, character building, or even educational training modules. Honestly, the series was educating myself about taking better care of myself Self-love equals self-care. I have notice in our line of work, we are constantly giving much of time and ourselves risking our health in order to propel the bigger cause. However, in the mist of all the disappointment, challenges, and accomplishment the majority of us really mistreat ourselves. What do I mean? For instance, we push back doctor’s appointment to meet deadlines. We work during lunch hour to avoid getting behind on our workload. We even forget to eat lunch (sometimes) because we are so consumed with completing our “To do list for today.”  Guilty, guilty, guilty of each scenario. Are we really aware of the importance of self- love and self- care?

I exercise every day during my one-hour lunch break merely walking the track. So, I figured I was definitely doing my part in of taking care of myself.  After taking the course, I realize walking is not enough. So, let’s start here, what is self-care? By definition, self- care is the “practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness. Maintenance of well-being and personal health and promote human development.”

If you make your health and wellness a priority, how does it look? Here are small yet effective daily activities promoting health and personal wellness such as actually taking lunch away from your desk. Few other examples, its balancing home life & work hours, making annual doctors’ appointment and keeping them, or just eating a well-balance meal.  However, it was until I participated in the webinar by Christina Garza, on Organizational Wellness and Resiliency and did a full assessment of myself I notice I was doing myself more harm than good. This series focused on asking a few hard questions about myself and challenging one to protect their mind, body and soul? Basically, what am I doing or how am I treating myself and overall wellbeing.  “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” — Audre Lorde. During this three series webinar, I realize I wasn’t even close to taking care of myself after listening to the self-care webinar.

 The problem is many of us know we are working our way to an early grave, but don’t know how to correct the problem. For others, we are still in denial thinking this job cannot function without me. Self care in comparison is like a purchasing a brand-new car without ever getting the car service. Eventually, the car will stop due to so many maintenance problems. First, check out Christina Garza, on “Organizational Wellness and Resiliency.” Secondly, take the self care quiz from her resource page. Third, review the resource available and  take action. Whether it drinking more water throughout the day, considering yoga/ mediation, and/or adding daily positive affirmation, You know exactly what you need to keep your engine at high performance. Self Care is so critical it can either build you up or break you into pieces, if you do not make small changes.

In the words of Christina Garza, “Are you ready to get your healing on peeps.” Ultimately re-training your mind and body to become a better version of yourself. It’s never too late to take care of yourself. You can start today.

Go To Course: Online Learning Opportunities-Go to Non-Profit Boot Camp Part V: Organizational Wellness and Resiliency with Christina Garza or this course and others. https://foodsystemsleadershipnetwork.goentrepid.com/courses/non-profit-boot-camp-part-v-organizational-wellness-and-resiliency-with-christina-garza/what-is-organizational-wellness-and-why-is-it-important-to-social-justice-movements

 

Comments

  • Susan Lightfoot Schempf 3 months ago

    Great post E'licia! I am "guilty, guilty, guilty of each scenario" too... and the course was so helpful for me to really think about my own self-care practices (or lack thereof). Christina is a fantastic teacher and I loved how much humor she included throughout. I'm making more of an effort to get up during the day and go for a walk, and took the advice of one of the participants to take walking meetings whenever possible. It really helps!
    I'd love to hear what others took away from the course, and what changes you're making based on what you learned!

  • ELICIA CHAVEREST 3 months ago

    Hi Susan
    Yes , Christina brought heavy spotlight to evaluating self care practices. This is definitely not a subject people be try to avoid simple because they really do not believe it applies to them. Last night, I was watching the news an the anchor man said he thought he had walking pneumonia but the reality he was misdiagnose and had stage VI lung cancer. He stated, I just thought I was suffering from something way more simple please hear your body and be persist with figuring out what is wrong. And I'm assuming at this time he was trying to get back to work quickly as possible. So when I hear these types of story it's a constant thorn in my side to do better. Here are few of effort- 1. Hour Walk with Accountability Partner 2. Laugh really hard at least once a day 3. Try new things once a month- Aqua Zuma ( I absolutely love this class) 4. Bible study for Lunch on Wed. and 5. I'm planning on adding Positive Affirmation Jars around the office. Honestly, I have a lot of work to do but I getting better at understanding my body as a whole and adjusting my daily practices to what it needs to function at its peak.

  • ELICIA CHAVEREST 3 months ago

    Thanks Susan for reading my post!! So glad you enjoyed it. As stated, everyone needs a friendly reminder on self care practices and making a priority to your lifestyle.