The Making of a Self Care Manifesto Part 2
A Self Care Manifesto doesn’t just happen. As I discussed in Part 1, I had to be pretty darn downtrodden before I decided to take a long hard look at my daily routines and think about changing them. If there’s a silver lining of this stupid chronic migraine relapse, it’s a renewed interest in seizing better control of my overall wellbeing.
Before I launch into goals, tactics, and rationale like the overzealous planner I am, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that I am absolutely, positively, aware that I do not have ultimate control over my body. I believe I can influence my health, clearly, or I wouldn’t be writing this manifesto. But if migraine has taught me anything, it’s that life happens, and our bodies and mental health can operate in nonsensical, detrimental ways at the drop of a hat while laughing maniacally in the face of our best efforts. So while I do have high hopes for the coming months, I also know that these goals will likely be completely out of reach for large swaths of time. Thus, I shall hereby set for the number one rule of this manifesto:
- Throw the Self Care Manifesto out the window as needed. It will be waiting for you in the garden when you’re ready and able to try again. Modify as needed.
- Set aside AT LEAST an hour each day to do good things for your body. Depending on pain and fatigue levels, this time could be used for gentle stretching, meditation, strengthening yoga, a walk, jog, or fully-fledged sweaty run.
What would be the top three rules of your self care manifesto?
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