Maintaining Self-Care

Mikaela, Kelty Youth Ambassador on March 29, 2018

The Kelty Youth Ambassadors are young people from across the province passionate about raising awareness for mental health and wellness. This year, they have focused on self-care and have created blog posts, photo collages, poetry, and other creative forms of expression to illustrate how self-care takes shape in their lives, and how it helps them maintain their mental wellness. On our blog and social media channels, we will be posting their submissions in a series dedicated to self-care. The below post is one of the KYA submissions.

The below poem is about the need to maintain self-care by writing poetry.

- Spoken Word -

Its three am

And its like I'm the Black Death's victim

Being plagued by unspoken words

Not thinking straight

A fork in between my cerebellum

Which way do I take?

Do I follow my creative side and write sweet nothings

All night until day breaks and my eyes,

Crusted with rhymes,

Realize the day has started without me?

Or do I follow my logical side

And accept the comforted hold

That we call sleep?

But no

There aren't two sides to a brain

No two disconnected neutrons

Just a collective


Without accepting my lust for verses

The sleep will not be a comfortable hold

But instead

A nightmare

Filled with my monsters

And sharpened #2 pencils

And I

I will wake the next morning

Either an empty shell of apathy,

Or a vessel of fighting emotions

Too cowardly,

Yet too brave

To surrender with the white flag I call


So with this in mind

Knowing what may become of me

In the sweet early glow of another day,

I put pen to paper

Because I know

My demons will grow


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