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Take a walk: Self-care

self-careIt may not be an organization doing good work in the community, but you can’t do sustainable good for others if you’re not practicing self-care. Though getting something done after pushing through may be satisfactory, it also makes you susceptible to colds, viruses, and other forms of illness.

For me, that means binge watching something mindless on Netflix (like “Reign,” which absolutely fits the bill) while playing a silly browser game and working out at least twice a week. But if that doesn’t sound like pure bliss, explore your options. Whether it’s an intense workout, dinner out with friends, a long soak in the tub with a beverage of your choosing, or a couple hours of video games, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. Heck, if you love to walk outside or watch videos of puppies, it can be free. Whatever it is, take the time out to care for yourself so you can care for others.

Don’t believe me on this one? Well, check out the TED playlist on the subject or Lifehacker’s take or Psychology Today. Stress, like that caused by your job, home life, political realities, etc., is really bad for your body (Google Scholar backs me up here with more than three million papers for the search). Self-care is a way to re-center, re-evaluate, and give yourself some space to exist in the moment. Cold season is upon us, and I’ll say it again: you can’t effectively fight for others if you’re ill yourself. Be gentle.

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Five November Blogging Resolutions

BlogThis month, I’m going to Blog Like Crazy through Birmingham’s See Jane Write blogging group. Our fearless leader Javacia has once again challenged us to blog daily for the entire month of November. Last year, after reading ten or eleven days’ worth of amazing posts, I was itching to write my own, and this blog was born. In honor of the month’s beginning, here are my five blogging resolutions:

  1. Hustle. This month, I will actively work to grow my freelance writing clientele base. I will target new clients more intelligently and efficiently, even after a few rounds of unanswered queries. I will pitch more and write more as I prepare for the future.
  2. Use my time wiselyI’m a master of lists, but I’m also easily distracted. Scheduling my writing, running and reading will create accountability and explicitly lay out my work time and free time.
  3. Take time for self-careIt may not be a session with a professional masseuse or personal trainer, but exercising and being still now receive designated spots in my calendar. With bartending, tutoring and writing stretching me thin, it’s absolutely imperative that I make time to unplug.
  4. Loosen up. Last week, it was brought to my attention that I’m pretty serious which can translate into people thinking I’m unapproachable. As a bartender, that’s not acceptable. I’m hoping to loosen up by lessening my stress levels through items 3 and 4. If not, I’ll find another way.
  5. Show more love. I have the most amazing support system — to whom I rarely reach out. This month, I’m going to contact some of those people to let them know how much they mean to me. I’ve already tried to start doing so with Adam, and want to actively continue that trend through this month.

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