Importance of Self-care

At the beginning of the month, the Violence Prevention Team had the pleasure of attending the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Annual Child & Youth Institute. This institute offered professional trainings, tools and skills for engaging in social change work with youth. While some content was intervention focused, there was definitely useful and helpful information for everyone. The VP Team thought it would be helpful to attend a workshop on self care. This is a crucial, but often overlooked aspect of the work we do on a day-to-day basis. We care so deeply for the youth we work with, for our community, for the well being of all things big and small, but do we take the time to take care of ourselves? To be honest, only sometimes. The workshop was a great reminder to make sure we get that invaluable ‘me’ time. Ricky Roberts III, fellow advocate at CASA in St. Petersburg, FL, facilitated the workshop aptly named, “Taking Care of Yourself First.”

The presentation was focused on the importance of self-care for advocates and reminding them of why they continue to participate in the movement for peace and equality. During the workshop, we were asked to do a free write on our feelings at the exact moment, discussed as a group what we do for ourselves, and wrote a letter to our future selves as a reminder to take some ‘me’ time. After the workshop, Roberts shared some more about his own process. You can learn more about Roberts at his website.

What do you do to care for yourself? In what ways to you make space and special time just for you? How often do you do it?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ricky Roberts III
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 19:16:43

    Thank you for sharing! Keep up the great work. I appreciate all that you do for the world.

    Reply

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