Here is my schedule when I was a full-time theatre teacher, while also pursuing my craft:
6:00am- Wake up
7:00am- Make breakfast
7:30am- Morning commute to work
8:00am- Clock into work
8:15am- Staff meeting
9:00am- First class
1:00pm- Lunch break
1:30pm- Back to class
5:00pm- End of workday, commute to rehearsal
6:00pm- Arrive to rehearsal, rehearsal begins
10:00pm- Rehearsal ends, commute home
10:45pm- Arrive home and reset
Even if teaching isn’t their main hustle, for many artists long days were our reality before this quarantine started. This country-wide shutdown put things in perspective, forcing us to realize that how we were expected to function on a day-to-day basis was unrealistic and unsustainable.
However, our changed situations hasn’t meant we’ve changed our ways or shifted our bodies into patterns that are less demanding.
Many of us find ourselves filling our days with responsibilities. Working constantly, while looking forward to the next small opportunity to take a break. Sometimes that break can mean social media scrolling, a Netflix film or a FaceTime session with friends. Do these breaks qualify as self-care? Is that really all it takes to recharge our beings so that we can continue as our whole selves? I say, no. It simply isn’t enough.
Our body is one of the most loyal companions we will ever have in this lifetime. Our bodies push through regardless of hardship, sadness, and even exhaustion. Somehow, our bodies are often the last thing to give out when rest is overdue with our minds following close behind. So, how can we create an existence where rest is granted before it’s non-negotiable?
This week on The SoSu Series, we look at how rest is a responsibility. Not a privilege, but a requirement. We’ve invited a few BIPOC Women and Non-Binary folks to lead us in some quick and easy self-care routines. So, relax, reset and unwind with this week’s self-care special. May this episode urge you to consider self-care more often. May these exercises push you to care for your body and the way it has always cared for you. This might be the first self-care you’ve given yourself this week, but it doesn’t have to be the last. Rest, love and healing to all…you deserve it.
Our guides for Self-Care and how to support them:
Carolene Joy Cabrera King leads Self Love Mindfulness Breathing
Carol will be hosting free Social Justice Breathwork sessions once a month totally free for the community to come and fill their cup. She also has a 5 week Manifestation and Breathwork Course starting on November 18th with a 100% moneyback guarantee.
Maya Williams leads The Jar of Destiny
Acting Agency: Dirigo Talent Agency
Viviana “Yura Sapi” Vargas leads Self Love = Self Care
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Billie Krishawn leads Scripting for Manifestation
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