In recovery, there is a saying that you need to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing many added stressors including: extra care-taking responsibilities of children, an elderly parent, or a sick partner, along with financial concerns, social upheaval, and sometimes overwhelming fears of the unknown. Self-care is about allowing yourself the gift of mindfully tending to your own needs. It is an essential practice to maintain well-being, but it is frequently forgotten when we need it the most.
Under stress, we often think there is not enough time in the day to practice self-care. However, the beauty of self-care is that you can become the expert of your own practice. It is up to you how and when you practice self-care, and each day may be different. It can be discovered in different forms to benefit your body, mind, and spirit. Getting adequate sleep, going for a 10 minute walk, or eating a nutritious meal are forms of self-care for the body. Taking a 20 minute break from technology, meditating, or reading an inspiring book may benefit the mind. Lastly, journaling, enjoying nature, or calling a friend may help the sprit. Self-care is different for everybody, and can be discovered or perhaps re-discovered with guidance and support.
The Inner Stage is delighted to offer our first virtual workshop through Zoom: Self-Care in Trying Times. Together as a community, we will explore how to incorporate self-care into our lives, and what gets in the way of practicing self-care. Although we will be meeting remotely, we will be working experientially with psychodrama in this new format.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 13th at 6:30pm. You must register in advance via to secure a spot. If you have any questions or would like assistance registering, please reach out to Rachel at . We have partial scholarships for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and Rachel can answer any questions about this.
In addition, The Inner Stage is continuing to offer virtual individual and group therapy. Please contact Valerie at or (917) 572-8114, or Rebecca at or (646) 470-0638 to schedule a virtual session by Zoom or telephone.
Take good care!
© 2020 Valerie Simon, LCSW, TEP