Updated: Jul 26, 2020
Self Care during Activism
Regulating our Nervous Systems.
I don’t know about y’all but with everything going on in the collective right now, my nervous system has been super activated – especially after attending the protests the other night. . I feel thankful, that my body can experience a wide range of reactions necessary to keep myself safe. I am thankful for my sympathetic nervous system, which is able to help me stand up & fight & respond quickly.
I also see that after I do, it is so important for me to then de-escalate…and regulate back into my parasympathetic state. . It wasn’t until yesterday when I went to a waterfall, and laid my body face down on a warm rock that I finally felt my system let go… and then the exhaustion hit. . It is so important for us to stand up for what we believe now, and fight for the justice our BIPOC communities need and deserve. Let’s keep it up. . AND also remember to take care of each other and ourselves during this time. Some super simple things I am doing now to regulate into a parasympathetic state are: - pressing my body against a wall, or laying on hard surface, to feel the steadiness - deep belly breathing, intentionally taking longer inhales than exhales. - human touch: hugs, firm pressing, and breathing together - putting my feet, hands, body on the earth and breathing her in - meditation: sometimes I use guided ones from youtube when my mind is just racing. . May we continue to learn & be humbled during this time as to how to navigate all the wide ranges of feelings that come up. Blessings and PEACE to you all. . Always with Love, Naema