Without healing ourselves, we cannot work to heal our communities.
By Joslynn Sanchez, Policy Associate at Deeds Not Words
Mental Health Awareness Month can seem like such a juxtaposition to the world we are living in today. At times it seems our mental health can be the least of our priorities when legislators make decisions that are detrimental to our communities. Even still, it is important to be reminded of the impact mental health has on our personal lives that are shared within our communities.
Although the burden of things like public policy, the Texas Legislative Session, and current events are heavy on our minds, mental health should be a priority for every individual and community. When we come together to discuss and support each other’s mental being, we can find joy and positive outlooks in our circumstances.
Deeds Not Words urge you to practice self-care like:
· Talking to friends, family, or a professional
· Eat your favorite meals
· Sleep 8 hours
· Drink plenty of water
· Go on a 20-minute walk outside
· Surround yourself with good people
· Give yourself time to heal
Although the fight continues, the ground for things like gun control, menstrual equity, and abortion access, we must remind ourselves that the opposition to our freedom is met with stronger opposition from our #Changemakers. Who are coming together in the community against all odds to advocate, mobilize, and create change.
During mental health awareness month, I urge you to take into account your mental health in your advocacy journey and see it as a priority that should precede your work. Without healing ourselves, we cannot work to heal our communities.