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Self-care 101: An oncoming series of posts

When it comes to my own writing, I've been, um, . . . slow, yeah, that's it, slow of late. Partly because so much of my mental energy has been taken up with other issues, like fighting for social justice, a term I use here to mean "standing up for others as much or more as for myself". And part of it is because I've had so much less mental energy as a result of a physical decline. As many readers know, I have two chronic autoimmune issues--rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia--and they both make me sore and achy and, frankly, fatigued.

Also? They get worse when I am feeling stressed out. And seriously, who among us isn't feeling stressed-out these days?

Anyone?

Bueller?

When I spend time on social media, where most of my friends "live" these days (scattered to the winds, alas - why can't everyone be local?), I see many of them suffering from stress and fatigue too. Including able-bodied folks who don't have chronic conditions to blame. And it occurs to me that all these years of disability have taught me a thing or two about coping mechanisms when things fall down.

So I figured I'd share what I know, in case it's helpful to others. And guess what? Being helpful (or useful) is good self-care, since it helps one feel a bit accomplished, which beats back ennui and negativity.

Watch this space.



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lizziebelle
Feb. 27th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
Great idea. I've been trying to share helpful things on Facebook, rather than rage against injustice. It does nothing for me (or my friends) to add to the anger. But showing people concrete things they can do about it? That I am glad to share.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 1st, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
I don't mind ranting and raving, if it helps folks. I much prefer calls to action, however. And no matter what, we can ALL use a reminder to take better care of ourselves. And for those of us in the resistance (however we define that, and however much or little we do), it's gonna be a looooong four years, and taking good care of one's self is necessary in order to be able to pace ourselves and keep it up.
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