Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!
Have you looked at a calendar lately and noticed we are almost six months into 2013? What’s been happening in your world? How fast have you been moving? How long is your to-do list? How much time have you spent taking care of others?
Take a deep breath right here and pause before you answer the next questions. They are the most important ones.
How much time have you spent taking care of yourself?
What did you do to take care of yourself?
If you have not spent time taking care of yourself in the past five months, what are ten things you would like to do (include five things you can do for free and that take up no more than 15 minutes to do)?
Perhaps, you need some ideas on how to incorporate more time in your life for self-care … that means unplugging from your to-do list, electronic devices, and digital life so you can relax and rest. Check out the list below which includes links to AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security, and retirement planning.
- AARP Caregiving Resource Center
- Christie Glascoe Crowder’s “Going Off the Grid” – Planning and (Surviving) a Digital Sabbatical article on TypeAParent.com
- GentleLivingOnline.com’s 25 Self-Care Tips for the Body & Soul
- HealthyYouNow.com’s Black Women’s Guide for Better Self-Care
- NewLatina.com’s Taking Care of the Whole You by Angelica Perez
- Dr. Oz’s Self Care and Balance article on Oprah.com
- PsychologyToday.com’s 17 Self-Care Tips from the Experts
- PsychCentral.com’s 3 Self-Care Strategies to Transform Your Life
- Cheryl Richardson’s The Art of Extreme Self-Care book and web site
- WAMH.com’s How to Unplug from Your Digital Life article
- WomensHealth.gov’s Caregiver Stress Frequently Asked Questions (includes self-care section)
- WomensHealth.gov’s A Lifetime of Good Health: Your Guide to Staying Healthy publication (Chinese and Spanish translation)
Here’s one final tip you can try to unplug, relax, and rest!
Participate in the Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekends Initiative (#DSUnplugged) on May 25 and 26. #DSUnplugged Weekends encourage women to slow down and take a break from their digital lives and electronic devices once a month. The break could be 30 minutes, an hour, a half-day, a full day, or an entire weekend. It’s up to each woman to choose and commit to a timeframe that works best for her. If you’d like to join us on our 2013 #DSUnplugged Weekends, check out the schedule below and use the #DSUnplugged hashtag to share your plans, comments, and questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
#DSUnplugged Weekend Schedule
- May 25-26
- June 22-23
- July 20-21
- August 24-25
- September 28-29
- October 26-27
- November 23-24
- December 28-29
Special Invitation for Washington, D.C. Area Residents: If you are in the D.C. area on Sunday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m., join Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke, a registered yoga teacher, for a free kind and gentle yoga class (30 minutes) in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park. Click here for details. Also, sign up for Ananda’s free 30 minute yoga classes in the park (May – November).
Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.