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