With the second to last week, I saw a big project finally come to a close. With the help of the Prison Creative Arts staff, I was able to send out newsletters, calls for arts, and calls for writing submission to 1500 prisoners across the state of Michigan. Each individual was able to get a packet in the mail which would update them on the Prison Creative Arts Project, and the ways to stay involved. It was a tiresome, and yet rewarding feat to accomplish. The mailing was the most important part of the organization because it keeps the direct connection between the prisoner and the organization flowing. That said, I saw this week the importance of mental health. I had been working tirelessly on the project and other assignments for the internship while also having to take care of Fall semester business with financial aid and other things, do the wolverine pathways workshop, and facilitate at Women’s Huron Valley. By Friday, I felt a little burnt out and overextended, I hadn’t done anything to simply relax and have me time. Through the whole week it had been work, eat, sleep, repeatedly. I had a moment on Friday where I felt a little overwhelmed and extra tired. In that instance I called off work; I basically stopped everything and took the day to relax, and do things for myself. I stayed in bed a little longer than usual, I cleaned my room, hung out with friends, watched a movie, played some basketball, took a nice long shower, read chapter of a book, talked to my parents, and took time to sit in silence and reflect on all I had done this summer and everything that was coming up. It is important in this work, and any work for that matter, to have balance. You can’t work all the time and forget about yourself because eventually you will burn out and won’t be able to perform 100% for your work. I was very glad that my supervisor was understanding of this, she allowed me to have the day off and to take time for myself. When Monday rolled back around I was refreshed and ready to tackle everything I had to do. I now know for myself that balance is key. Too much of one thing is never good for you.
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