Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care for Activists

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Whether it’s marching in protests, organizing community events, writing and calling government officials, or unlearning and actively engaging in difficult conversations, being an activist is an incredibly important job. It can also be a physically, mentally, and emotionally draining one. Creating social change is not something that happens overnight or by oneself. It requires that we show up for ourselves just as much as we show up for the people and causes we’re fighting for. If we want sustainable activism, then we need to remember that, like superheroes, even change agents need to take care of themselves. And if you ever start to feel guilty for doing that, remember that Black lesbian writer and activist, Audre Lorde, once said, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” We can’t pour from an empty cup. We need to care for ourselves, recharge, and replenish our resources in order to keep showing up and doing the work. So, how do you refill your cup and practice self-care as you strive for social justice? Continue reading “Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care for Activists”

Motivational Monday: Just Breathe

img_1317Last week was a pretty awful week. Zooming in on me, I had a really difficult few days at work, struggled with homework and quizzes, was unable to balance my personal and professional life (but what’s new?), and found myself feeling run down and sick. I tried so hard to jump over hurdle after hurdle, and I barely cleared them. By the end of the week, I was curled up into a ball, hibernating at home, and watching my already overwhelming pile of responsibilities grow. Now, zooming out on what’s been going on nationally and globally, I think it’s safe to say that “awful” isn’t the right word to describe our current affairs. Awful feels like a terrible understatement, and that’s because there are no words that can fully capture recent horrific events. The mail bombs. The Kroger store killing. The synagogue shooting. Three hate crimes in the span of a few hours. If we were comparing my own challenges to those, there’s no contest. Now, that’s not to diminish my own experience for every feeling of frustration, disappointment, anger, and sadness felt so real to me in those moments, just like I’m sure that whatever you experienced this week felt just as real and difficult. This was an awful week for everyone, some more so than others. Most made it to the finish line, some by the skin of their teeth, and some sadly didn’t make it at all.

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