Faz @fazgaffa shares her struggles, the motivation behind starting a community to address mental health issues and her take on self-love.
What do you love and value about yourself?
I love that I love fiercely. I wouldn't hesitate to walk through fire for the people I love.
What do you struggle with and how do you try to address that?
I'm struggling with grief. I lost my father last year and he has been my ride-or-die through my entire life. It's a been really, really rough year emotionally, mentally and physically. I'm trying to help myself by also helping others in the process by creating My Safe Sphere, inclusive multi-medium community to end the stigma of mental health thru low-cost group therapy sessions, podcasts & more.
What does self-care/love mean to you?
It means taking time out for the things and people I love, which includes going to the zoo with my two-year-old, taking my mum out for brunch, date night with my husband, and workouts by myself.
Do you make time to do the things you enjoy doing?
Absolutely. I need time to do me. I'm thankful I have incredibly generous family and friends always ready to help me when I need it. It makes a difference when your village is within reach and always happy to support you in whatever ways you need.
Any tips to share with others on self-care/love?
Women, mothers in particular, tend to put their needs last — sometimes even after the family pet. And I honestly get the mental load. Even if you have a helper, grandparents to help watch the kids, a great partner, you're usually the person balancing everything. But as cliched as it sounds, making time for you — even if it's spacing out and watching reruns on Netflix for half an hour, or getting a much-needed sweat session in will make all the difference.