Now more than ever we need to put all this self care talk into action. Last week post-election, I felt so run down. I was exhausted, emotionally drained, shocked and saddened. All of this was a recipe for getting sick. While you know I am a firm believer of taking your sick days when you are sick (instead of being a martyr who comes to work), there are times when we need to pull through for each other. So last week my goal was to simply do my best. Listen to patient’s concerns, fears, anger and sadness and then take care of me. I tried to get copious amount of sleep. I drank buckets of water and popped a ton of zinc. I made a real effort to surround myself with those who feed my soul whether it be through laughter, conversation, or tears.
One of the blessings of getting older is realizing what you need to cope effectively. And then asking for it. I wasn’t up for coping alone. I wanted to cope in community. So part of my self care was also going to work and surrounding myself with those who also were heartbroken by all that has happened.
And as often happens even in the darkest moments, some little rays of light kept shining through. At one point as I watched the concession speech with coworkers, I took a moment to look around the room at the people who were there. Each of us had very different paths that had led us to that room. I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful it was that we all found each other. In fact, I kept thinking that all week. How fortunate I am to have community during this dark time.
Many people do not have this. I listened to story after story of patients who felt more alone than ever before. This is where we all come in. We need to be there for others who now feel more scared and fearful in this country because of the hateful rhetoric of the president-elect.
So get a full nights sleep, eat your veggies, and take care of yourself, because folks… we’ve got some work to do.
“When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher fence.”
Take care of YOU.