It’s a holistic process to love yourself and to care for yourself

By: Adrian, Navajo Nation

“I think for me self-love and self-care go hand in hand. It’s a holistic process to love yourself and to care for yourself. It encompasses your emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health. As an Indigenous woman, I find that one of the ways I can de-stress and show myself love and care is to reconnect with Mother Earth, Shimá Nahasdzáán. Whether this is by going for a walk or a run outdoors or just being mindful and in her presence, our environment always has a way of reminding us how loved we are and how we have a responsibility to care for the land and to care for our people. I like this picture because it symbolizes self-love and how I am grateful to come from such a strong and resilient family and community.”

You too can participate in the #NativeYouthAreMedicine campaign by answering this prompt: Celebrating Self-love: What does Self-Love and Self-Care mean to you? What does it look like for you, your family, or your community? How do you care for your mind, body, and spirit to be holistically well? 

You have until October 20th, 2020 to send us a picture that represents this prompt. For your participation, your relatives at Center for Native American Youth, Native Wellness Institute, and We R Native, and THRIVE will send you a Healing Kit to support your wellness journey.