Posts tagged ‘Health’

Emotional Trauma and Stress Self Care

As the Richmond community received more bad news yesterday regarding the pedophilia of a local comedian I wanted to take the time to remind folks of some important self care. I know when I am stressed out or traumatized I often forget to do the things I usually know to do. 

Emotional stress and trauma are real. They take a physical toll on the body. When you are reeling you can do physical things to support yourself.

1. Drink water. Especially since we are having extemely hot weather anyways. Water is so important and you can hrlp your coping ability a ton by increasing your water consumption. Consider if you are sweating or crying a lot, and increase even more.

2. Eat deeply nourishing foods. We feel drained during and after extreme emotion and stress because we are. Give your body back the vitamins, minerals, and nutrition it needs. Broths, bone broth, nettle tea or food, oats or milky oats, and more can all help you get the nourishment you need. Include some probiotic sources like yogurt or fermented foods and beverages.

3. Baths or showers. Wash off the sweat. Refresh and soothe yourself. Use bath salts or sugar scrubs or something you find luxurious.

4. Smudge. Using a sacred plant like sage or palo santo smudge yourself and your space. Use incense or an essential oil burner or whatever you have that works.

5. Take a nap. Rest. Reset your body.

6. Take an internet break. The internet is the worst.

7. Meet up with friends to talk in person. Talk about what is stressing you out if that helps, or just talk about other stuff if you need a break.

8. Exercise and/or go outside. Sometimes the best way to cope is to spend time in nature and get some endorphins going. A walk in the woods, pumping iron at the gym, or running may help you cope.

9. Look to the plants. If you are into herbal medicine at all go to your herbal teas and tinctures. Chamomile tea and other relaxing blends are available at almost all grocery stores these days. Try a tea to soothe your nerves.

10. Express yourself. Sometimes writing or making or or music can help you deal with the emotions you struggle with. Give yourself an outlet.

We can’t stop people from their bad behavior or always protect them from their demons. We can not know what is in others’ hearts. The best we can do is nurture ourselves and those around us. My heart is with everyone reeling today. 

With Love,

Mo

2013 Accomplishments and 2014 Goals and Resolutions

25 Things I Accomplished in 2013

  1. Went to Puerto Rico and saw lots of friends and had fun
  2. Went to Key West with family and got to spend time with Marty and had fun
  3. Went to the beach with Josh to see my grandparents
  4. Went camping with Josh and the dogs
  5. Went to the mountains for my birthday to relax
  6. Went to Boston for Thanksgiving to meet Josh’s family
  7. Built a back deck on the house
  8. Built bee hives and put 2 in my backyard
  9. Wrote my first poetry zine
  10. Competed in 2 haiku contests
  11. Supported multiple friends’ campaigns on kickstarter or other similar websites
  12. Brought lots and lots of food into the neighborhood for free distribution
  13. Spent a good amount of time at the river
  14. Had a good relationship with Mitch that ended on good terms
  15. Met Josh and have that good relationship still
  16. Learned a ton of carpentry skills
  17. Started my own website and started writing more
  18. Got work fixing old windows and built confidence about my ability
  19. Got a job as Associate Editor at Quail Bell Magazine
  20. Volunteered with Earth First! Journal, Started writing for Profane Existence
  21. Went to the March Against Monsanto, the May Day Parade, the March Against Mass Incarceration, the Halloween Parade, and a bunch of Critical Mass bike rides – spent positive time occupying the streets!
  22. Bought a bus
  23. Got rid of a bunch of things that I didn’t need
  24. Built cat houses and started feeding local cats
  25. Cooked a lot of Food Not Bombs meals, including catering for the People’s Library, RePHRAME, Trans Day of Rememberance, and the Fast Food Worker’s Strike.

And hugely, met and got to spend time with a lot of very different, very awesome people. I learned from everyone. Sometimes it was a learning what not to do, or what to avoid in the future, but hey, now I know. There were some narrowly avoided dangers and potentially really bad things that got rescued, and for that I am ever thankful. If you were a part of my life in 2013, thank you, I hope your 2014 is one filled with self-care and positive thoughts and community engagement.

100 New Years Goals and Resolutions 2014

A combination of simple tasks, lifestyle changes, and things I need to remember to do. Hold me to it yall!

  1. Get the Truck fixed and running again
  2. Get the bus fixed and inspected
  3. Go to Plan-it-x fest in June in Bloomington
  4. Plant perennial herbs around the property in the spring
  5. Make a Free Little Library for the front of the house  Buy plexiglass to make door to finish
  6. Do 25 sit ups a day (more…)

Sober Spaces in the Punk and Anarchist Scenes Updated from Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants # 2

This is an article I wrote a loong time ago, like 6 or 7 years ago for the second issue of a zine I wrote called Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants. Recently some friends asked for permission to use it for the veganwarfare.com website. I supported that of course, but I wanted to give the article a look over to do any editing or updating that might be needed. So here is the updated version, and please check out http://www.veganwarfare.com for more rad articles.

Sober Spaces in the Punk and Anarchist scenes

Within the punk and anarchist scenes there are many activities that are of interest to a broad spectrum of individuals- including people who drink/smoke/use drugs, people who never have, and people who are recovering addicts to certain substances. The problem is that many of these activities end up being organized in such a way that they are only accessible to people who drink, smoke, or do drugs – or are willing/able to tolerate those who do so. This means that there are significant sections of the populations who are either put in situations that are uncomfortable and lead to mental and physical health problems, even relapse, or are not able to attend at all. It splits our community and it limits our community. This is even a bad situation for people who do drink/smoke/do drugs. Because if they are not exposed to people who are sober they may not realize that they don’t always have to get fucked up to have a good time. (more…)

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