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Finding Peace In Chaos: How Do You Take Time For Yourself #NHBPM

Day 28 – Wednesday, Nov. 28 “How you take time for yourself”. #NHBPM #NaBloPoMo

Cloud Nine: I have to pick the wife up some dish soap. Can you hurry up feeling sorry for yourself?
Chato Stewart: [standing under a black cloud and in a puddle]
Caption: Taking time for yourself shouldn’t take any of my time!

Day 28 of the National Health Blog Post Month of the blog party at We Go Health. My cartoon differs from the daily prompt a little bit and goes to the bonus prompts/suggestions. Mainly because the problems they had for this day, I touched on earlier this month. This suggested blog post that I chose was “taking time for ourselves.”

It is my firm belief that I do not take enough time for myself as I would like. Granted, I have responsibilities with my family that include financial responsibilities, physical responsibilities and spiritual responsibility. As father and head of the household, it is my job to provide for my family. I have to balance that with dealing with bipolar disorder, crippling anxiety and other emotional issues that I can’t let seep into my regular fathering responsibilities. So talking about taking time for ourselves, I can’t help but think of the movie I recently saw where the subject came up and the hero and actor pulls out a picture of a paradise island. He stares at it for a few minutes to find his peace of mind.

This visualization technique can really work well if you have a strong imagination. I like to visualize myself in the water swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. But my realistic and pessimistic view of life, finds some way for me to avoid actually getting to do it.

About six months ago, I took up the idea that I will get things done immediately…I won’t procrastinate! Instead, I will make plans and arrangements right then and there when an opportunity presents itself.  How am I doing with this new technique? I’ll get back to you later about it.

Only two more days left of this month of family stew cartoons.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them. It has been really fun drawing them every day.


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Finding Peace In Chaos: How Do You Take Time For Yourself #NHBPM

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2012). Finding Peace In Chaos: How Do You Take Time For Yourself #NHBPM. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 3, 2020, from


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