If you are anything like us here at the Pride Center, you might be stressing about your safety as the pandemic protocols end, dealing with the ongoing stress of the isolation that the pandemic came with, and giddy with excitement as PRIDE celebrations draw near. Not to mention the anxiety of all these feelings mixed together.
All of that is okay to feel. We all have mixed feelings sometimes and that is totally normal. What is important, is that you take it all at your own pace and give yourself some grace. Do something to take care of yourself. In fact, here is a handy list of ideas from Psychology Today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/click-here-happiness/201812/self-care-12-ways-take-better-care-yourself):
Make sleep part of your self-care routine.
Exercise daily as part of your self-care routine.
Eat right for self-care.
Say no to others and say yes to your self-care.
Take a self-care trip.
Take a self-care break by getting outside.
Let a pet help you with your self-care.
Take care of yourself by getting organized.
Cook at home to care for yourself.
Read a book on self-care for self-care.
Schedule your self-care time, and guard that time with everything you have.
Taking care of oneself can be a challenge and putting yourself first does not make you selfish. We are all still navigating a pandemic and a time of great upheaval, and we have to give ourselves some grace as we come back out into this new normal. Take some time to breathe and do something to celebrate you. We are happy you are here with us.
And remember, if you are getting overwhelmed, the Community Mental Health Center is here for you, email@example.com or call at 801 821-5202