Advice from Diane
Taking care of yourself while helping others is a difficult thing to do when you’re in pain.
- Get organized
- Make some things about you
- Get other people out of your way
- Be yourself around others
THE END RESULTS – MAKE YOURSELF NUMBER ONE NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES
These words I have heard my whole life; it’s not about you or is it? We have to take care of ourselves in order to help others
- Organized your mind— As someone with a chronic illness, you are always busy doing something.
- I couldn’t stay focus or remember day to day activities, like going to doctor appointments or what time I was supposed to be there.
- I finally started using my smartphone to help me with everything.
It’s About You
Take time for yourself. As advocates we try and do it all.
- Just sit and relax your mind for a few minutes a day.
- Take a walk around Washington, DC, or read a book. It does wonders.
It took me years to get to this point. I have one hour a day just for me.
Sometimes people can drain you. They seem to take your power away. We have to let them go.
- Get rid of these toxic people.
- We have to take care of our mental and emotional health.
- Learn how to build resilience to stress and just let it go.
“I am me.”
We are all different. Time for yourself, might be different from what I think. There are people who love being around other people and this relaxes them. I can just walk around Waldorf, MD or Washington, DC and it takes me to another world.
As I said before, it takes time to get into a routine. If you fail the first time, then try it again. None of us are perfect.
We Are in This Together — And Never Alone — Who Is in Your Tribe?