The Sixteens above commemorate The Pixel Project’s “16 For 16” Campaign: “A campaign in honour of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence while raising funds for the cause to end Violence Against Women.” Definitely worth it.
Ready for some diversion? Here’s what I’ve got for you this week. You’re worth it!
Putting ourselves first is often wisest, especially when wishing to help others. As we hear from a flight attendant on every airline flight, we must put the oxygen mask over our own nose and mouth before assisting our children or others around us. So when we neglect our own needs in the service of others, we will not be able to do it for long. We must refill our own cup if we wish to share generously with others. Here’s a good piece by Marc and Angel: An Open Letter to Those who Always Put Themselves Last. You’re worth it!
One thing we must do for ourselves is cope as well as we can with stress. Avoiding stress is impossible, but drowning in it is usually avoidable. What can we do to minimize stress so it is less toxic and destructive to our lives and those who care about us and those who may need our help? We’re all worth it.
- Breathe deeply and mindfully to reduce anxiety; it works!
- Eat nutritiously and regularly; starvation is no virtue.
- Sleep at least 6 hours every night, but no more than 8 is best.
- Exercise at least 3 days a week and walk on the other days.
- Practice your spiritual or religious beliefs sincerely and often.
- Meditate, do yoga, pray or seek peace and beauty, as in the zen garden above.
- Live your values, which means understanding what they are.
- Give and receive love, affection and kindness freely.
- Seek help for your own problems: therapy, medical treatment or expert advice.
- Consider adopting a pet if your circumstances permit; they enrich our lives.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff (most is), pick your battles and put down the bat.
Moses Sumney is a recent musical discovery of mine, thanks to a video in a GQ article about Brad Pitt. The article is good, and Moses Sumney is definely “Worth It.”