Moving Beyond Survival Mode

Moving Beyond Survival Mode

Whether you’re a new transplant in Scotland or a child of African immigrants, we all share something in common; Survival Mode — Anxieties that are rooted in high expectations of succeeding from family back home while financially supporting them, landing a secure job, graduating from University, racism, misogyny – you name it. 
You think to yourself “once I get this job I can finally relax, once I get my papers sorted out, I can relax”. You finally get the job, the degree, necessary residency paperwork, but after all that, you’re still carrying the all too familiar survival mode with you. It has become instinctual, an identity. Soon your free time is filled with worries.
While it’s important to have career goals and expectations, it’s also important to allow yourself time to log-off and focus on your own needs. This not only helps you show up at your best at work, but the people around you, and most importantly yourself. 

1. View relaxation as investment

Changing your relationship with downtime is first and foremost an inner job. It involves shifting your mindset to let go of guilt and value long-term sustainability instead. 

2. Make sleep part of your self-care routine.

What do you do to make sleep part of your routine? Start by thinking about your nightly routine. Are you eating or drinking immediately before bed? If so, it’s especially important to stay away from caffeine and sugar, which tend to keep you awake.

3. Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut.
Your gut health can have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, resulting in a cascade of either positive or negative outcomes. Healing your gut can lead to a happy person, and vice-versa.

4. Take a self-care trip.

Taking a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed, getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, unwind and be rejuvenated. These self-care trips don’t have to be costly; simply drive to the next town over and see the sights, or go camping nearby. The goal is to veer away from your normal schedule and take the time to do something just for yourself.

While these may seem foreign to you, just remember it’s an investment to your well being and that you deserve some peace in your life. 

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