While I drive around all of East Tennessee I have lots of time to think, dictate notes, and listen to talk radio. (Yes I’m a dork.) However, I get bored easily and one of the solutions I have found is to listen to podcasts. I love all sorts of podcasts, but one of my favorites is Mental Illness Happy Hour. One common segment is a “Fear Off” between the host and the guest. I have been struggling with some difficult feelings recently so I decided that some scrap-therapy was in order.
The journaling is hidden, but it talks about two of the fears I’m currently dealing with.
My first fear is that my career in mental health is detrimental to my own wellbeing. The past few weeks have been rather rough and I have not had the time or energy to take care of myself mentally or physically. I know that self-care is important, but finding the time has been difficult.
The other fear came up last week as I have had some back pain and what the doctor said is sciatica. I’m afraid that this back pain is not temporary and it will be something that i will have to deal with for the rest of my life.
It felt good to get these out and onto paper and playing with mists, gesso, and paint always makes me feel better.
What do you do for self-care? How do you make yourself a priority?