It feels natural to preserve my life, yet the means to get there seem very unnatural. Modern medicine is strange to me; a human being is treated like a programmable computer, and the drugs are the algorithms. I sat here as the doctors hacked my system to a delete a cancerous virus. They have a lot of data saying that the drugs they introduced will remove the malicious software and reset my internal operating system. Although medicine is just as unnatural to me as computers, both are realities I’ve had to accept and embrace in order to keep living in today’s world. [Read more…]
As the summer transitioned into autumn, I found myself falling into a bit of a slump. I was struggling over where I stood regarding my expressive arts therapy degree; it was difficult to get myself motivated, and I questioned whether I should stay with it or not. This came as quite of a surprise because I was so in love with my chosen path just a few months earlier. Spending July at EGS was one of the most inspiring things I’d ever done. I felt calm and grounded, yet excited and challenged at the same time. It was very fulfilling to be immersed in the expressive arts every day and surround by like-minded people, all while being held and inspired by the abundant beauty of the landscape. [Read more…]
Stuck at home with an injured foot; I’ve been in this scenario more times than any one person should be – but, every time it happens, there seems to be a gift with it since it makes me stop and take a step back to look at my life. I have been feeling overwhelmed in a few areas of life, uncertain about the directions I wanted to go. Now that I can’t really go anywhere, I’m making the time to sit and reflect on my priorities again, to think about where I want to be and the kind of people I want to be with. [Read more…]
As my friend Tara and I sat waiting in the hospital the other day, I noticed a man hobbling by on crutches. Trying not to sound too uncompassionate I expressed how nice it has been not to have needed crutches for such a long time. There was a period of a couple of years where both Tara and I were on and off crutches a number of times. Luckily our injuries never occurred at the same time, so we could at least help each other when others failed to show up for the task. We reminisced a bit about the struggles and pains of being immobilized. We sighed in relief that we both had two working feet.
Making self-care cards is a fun way to connect with yourself, reflect on your needs for self-care, and create a tool to help you take more time for self-nourishment. Self-care is an essential, but often overlooked aspect of health and well-being.
This article outlines how to create your own personalized deck of self-care cards which you can pull from when you feel stressed or overwhelmed; the cards will guide you to how you can care for yourself at that moment. You can make your cards as unique as you; there are no rules – include any images or words which invite you to take time for self-care. [Read more…]
All my travels over the last day were delayed; each airport another challenge. I’ve managed to get “randomly” selected for three different security checks, the weather in July has been too poor for airplanes to land, and one plane had to idle on the runway for 30 minutes because of too much fuel….I didn’t know that was a thing. The day has been filled with more waiting than I anticipated and the resulting boredom has provided me with much time to think; time, that until this point, I haven’t really taken or even wanted to take. I had my moments, but they were just moments. [Read more…]