Mental health and self care during the Kavanaugh news

Adriana Greenblatt
Posted October 6, 2018 from Canada

If you're feeling triggered by all the discussion of sexual assault that came with Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid, you're not alone...Please remember to take care of yourself through this.  I have to remind myself of this, self care I believe is an essential part of continuing to work and being able to focus on positive change.  

Taking action can also be part of self care, but that looks different for everyone.  Sometimes I feel that many of us, including lots of women working on social change tend to diminish the importance of self-care as “selfish” and the idea of martyrdom still can be glorified, which I believe can be dangerous to mental health and our ability to keep taking action!  And also I believe can reinforce the idea that women need to sacrifice all at all costs, for others without accounting for their needs or health.

Taking action today may be meeting with a group of supportive friends, walking in nature...see other good self care tips in this article:

https://m.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/self-care-kavanaugh-confirmation_us_5b...

 

 

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jlanghus
Oct 06, 2018
Oct 06, 2018

Hi Adriana,

Thanks for sharing your awesome post about self care. Thanks for the reminder. I needed that. I did take a short walk in nature today, and listen to the birds... lovely as always. We do need reminders, though. I hope you're doing well, and having a good day!?

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 07, 2018
Oct 07, 2018

Hola Jill! Thanks for the support and I love hearing that these words helped you. I woke up with some clarity about needing to communicate this, I know some may not agree or diminish the importance of self care... I have learned from experience that this is crucial to give the best of myself to this work!

Un abrazo desde Canada!

Adriana

jlanghus
Oct 07, 2018
Oct 07, 2018

Hello there:-)

Yes, it is important.

Gracias...

Sis. Salifu
Dec 07, 2018
Dec 07, 2018

I like your ideology haha. If we do not take care of ourselves confidently then we are " Mentally Sick".
Cool, point noted.
Regards
Lizzy

Adriana Greenblatt
Feb 09
Feb 09

Hi Sis! I just saw your reply! Thanks for the support and I am so glad this reached you!

Hugs!
Adriana

Rachyrae
Jan 30
Jan 30

Adriana, this is informative. I love this. Welldone

Adriana Greenblatt
Feb 09
Feb 09

Hi Rachyrae! Nice to meet you! I am so happy this reached you...this is something I feel passionate about and I think we all need encouragement on this from time to time (myself included) as many may try to discourage this, with their own hidden beliefs masked as judgement around the idea of self care.
Hugs!
Adriana

Rachyrae
Feb 10
Feb 10

It's such a pleasure Adriana. I appreciate you.