Whenever I deliver a speech or presentation, I make sure to follow my complete self-care regime:
--Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
--Do a full yoga session the night before or that morning. --Meditate.
--Eat a good breakfast.
--Make sure I have some R&R that weekend with family and loved ones.
--Write inspirational quotes on my desk to boost my self-confidence.
--Use those inspirational quotes as my mantras during meditation and before I present.
--If I get nervous, take a lot of deep breaths to slow my heart-rate and to calm me down.
--Remember everything I've done and accomplished to lead me to this moment in the spotlight.
--Most importantly, CONNECT and RELATE to my audience.
--Remember, my talk is about the audience and wanting to help them understand something about themselves. It's not about me.
When someone says that self-care is selfish. Remind them that you are a person. Not a machine. As a diverse person, you should treat yourself and be treated as a whole person. Especially when you are called to deliver a powerful speech. Audre Lorde had it right with her holistic philosophy of social justice.
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