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DAY 5 – A DAY OF REST

NONVIOLENCE – A DAY OF REST

Date: Thur. Oct 7 | Time: 12A-1159p | Location: Anywhere you want | Info: pennywwells@sbcglobal.net

Being active in the movement for social justice, racial equity and nonviolence in America requires an unbelievable amount of tenacity and, well, work. Many of us have been taught that showing up and overworking are the best ways to communicate our value. We might believe that to prove our goodness, our humanness—our innocence of fault, that we’ve learned behaviors that might lead us to great physical, mental and emotional harm. Here’s a few tips to avoid that:

1. Remind yourself that simply existing as someone who is a part of the work is enough and no justification for rest is needed.

2. If you decide to take a mental health day, create a loosely weaved “plan” that helps you stick to it. It can be even more frustrating when our day doesn’t go, even remotely as planned.

3. Reach out to those you trust who will support you through your need for a break.

4. Know and embrace that rest is important for sustained action.

5. If you take time for yourself, set some boundaries for that time and for future moments where rest is warranted.

6. Enjoy your rest, without the guilt.

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