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The gifts of coronavirus

Posted at 17:56 on 9 Apr 2020 by Pandora / Blake

As this pandemic drags on, we are all experiencing something of an emotional rollercoaster. Grief, fear, frustration, loss, anxiety and exhaustion and perhaps even traumatic triggers are wearing us down. Now more than ever it's important for us to look after ourselves.

For me, part of looking after myself is practising gratitude. Especially when things are tough, gratitude is a mental health practice for me. It's important to lift our spirits, nurture our compassion, and if we are fortunate, to help avoid entitlement. So I thought I'd share some things I'm grateful for in this crisis. Partly for my own benefit, and partly in the hope that they might help you see some of the opportunities and the hopes of the situation, as well as the things that are scary and sad.

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Tags: ableism, COVID-19, gratitude, health, mental health, pandemic, Patreon, politics, self-care, social justice

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Pillow talk

Posted at 17:00 on 23 Nov 2018 by Pandora / Blake

I'm writing this from bed. It's comfy here: I have a pile of pillows my partner affectionately refers to as "pillow mountain". I was meant to have a fluffy blanket, but my cat has claimed it and is kneading it with a kind of orgasmic bliss. I wish I felt that good. 

Bolstered by pillows, it's time for some real talk.

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Tags: activism, capitalism, chronic illness, health, personal, radical rest, self-care, work

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