Initiative Update

Opting for a 'Do no Work Day" because my brain & body needed a break

Marie Abanga
Posted February 28, 2021 from Cameroon
Treating myself to some deli coconut rice & veggies

Hello World,

I woke up last Wednesday with a super tired feeling and a brain which was on over drive. I think not having properly rested from an out of town trip to support a WP Ambassador's program for two days, and all the trauma listened to,, I think my own brain got busted. I remember memories of how I was sexually molested by a doctor back in 1996 and how I had never processed that because I didn't even know what that was.

So on that Wednesday, I just told myself to lace up and workout because I always feel great after working out, then I will bathe and go visit two friends. 

My first friend I visited has a new shop and I had been looking for time to go visit her shop.

Next visit was to another childhood friend who had come into the country for a vacation. Although we had already seen each other since her arrival, it was on the streets over a plate of food . This time around we spent 4/5 hours catching up on our lives and oh my...

When I left her place, I spotted a restaurant which had Coconut Rice on its menu. Awwwwwww MAG & rice (I could be a Chinese lol). I went into the restaurant and treated myself to a lovely plate of the deli before returning home so rested and glad such an approach could help us take care of our mental health as soon as we spot those weird feelings and thoughts of inadequacy, things to do longer than the Chinese wall and so on and forth.

Uhu am a 'Self Care Queen' and really grateful my kids are all grown now and can understand if I check out for a day or few days to nurture my brain and body.

May someone currently being overwhelmed, tire, exasperated etc, give a 'Do no Work Day' a try...we are HUMAN BEINGS & not HUMAN DOINGS Afterall lol

In deep sisterhood and solidarity

MAG

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Yes, Marie YES! Thank you for writing about this. Inspiring. I am with you - as you replace the toxic tapes saying our worth is measured by productivity, you write the REAL narrative for yourself, the real story, the true radical self love of honouring your body. The body I have seen is so wise, and you honouring it is your wisdom! This is so hard to do, and know that you posting this clears space for others to join you on the path.

Hugs to you and solidarity from Montreal,
Adriana

Marie Abanga
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear Adriana,

Thank you. And do you know the body was just hinting it really really needed a break? 3 days after this day I crashed am still recovering but grateful to be on the journey full of Hope.
Light and love always
MAG

Hail to you, Self Care Queen! Everything you wrote here is great except loving rice being Chinese...no, dear, loving rice means YOU COULD BE A FILIPINA!LOL. In our country, we associate being Chinese as someone who loves noodles, but rice? Very Filipino.

Coconut rice. Hmm. I'm curious what it tastes like. We usually put coconut milk on our viand, but rarely on rice. We have a delicacy where we put coconut milk on a different type of rice. Fun fact, in the Philippines, there are many names for rice, but when translated to English it's just rice.haha.

Marie Abanga
Mar 04
Mar 04

Wow Kaye,
You know I grew up associating rice to Chinese hahahaha. I did know of noodles growing up nor of the philippines. It's so interesting what you learn by opening up to the globe and meeting and Learning and sharing. I appreciate your sharing now and yep am still resting my body because a day wasn't all it needed after all hahahahaha

maeann
Mar 02
Mar 02

oh I just read Karen's comment hahaha and I sooo much agree about RICE. So much that we love RICE, we have UNLIMITED RICE!

On emergency response we have this protocol "DO NO HARM" to beneficiaries. Same as with your body to DO NO WORK, okay im turning off my laptop to rest :)

Marie Abanga
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear MaeAnn,

Important discovery for me today about Rice and Phillipine wow. Indeed we need to periodically slow down on our bodies or they force us to. I am learning once again the medium way, but am grateful because it could be worse.

alafemina
Apr 05
Apr 05

Love this Marie! We can only uplift and empower those around us if we remember to take care of ourselves too.

Marie Abanga
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Ala,
Thank you for putting it so upfront.
Let's keep doing our best