What a week it’s been, friends. I’m exhausted and I’m sure you are too. In times like these, activism and political engagement are more important than ever, but they’re also emotionally and mentally taxing. Mental health issues can intensify and spin out of control so it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Here are my recommendations for mental health and self-care resources:
1. You Feel Like Shit - This is an interactive flow chart that does a lot of self-assessment work for you. It’ll ask you if you’ve eaten, if you’ve had water, and whether you’ve taken any necessary medication. Depending on what you may need, it’ll make suggestions. A great resource for when you’re too wiped to even know what you need.
2. Tiny Care Bot - If you spend a lot of time on Twitter, as I do, poring over the news, this is a rad way to break up your timeline with suggestions for small self-care actions like “remember to take some time to rest your eyes please” and “please remember to take a bit of time to check your posture.” Small gestures add up and sometimes one of these is enough to stop me before I fall down an anxiety well.
3. Aloe Bud - Currently this is a twitter account, but it’s gearing up to turn into an app. Aloe Bud provides gentle self-care reminders. It’s also a really warm and lovely community that uplifts people struggling with anxiety and depression. I have received many a day brightening notification from Aloe Bud giving me gentle encouragement and I highly recommend you follow them.
They also have a great printable at https://gumroad.com/l/aloecheckin that gives you a checklist of self-care actions.
4. Bouncy Castle - A newsletter by some of my favorite people on twitter providing stuff to make you smile. Sometimes I just need a break from the news and this newsletter is one of the brightest and most soothing things in my inbox.
5. Your people – Sometimes I just need a text from someone I love to tell me everything’s going to be okay. I’m profoundly lucky to have a best friend who does this for me on the regular without even being asked. Try to reach out to your people every so often. It’s easy to self-isolate, but people usually want to help a lot more than you think.
Now that you have some resources and your disposal and you’ve (hopefully) put them to good use, it’s time to get back to work: join a local community organizing group, participate in a protest, call your reps, and donate your time and money when you can. We can’t fight fascism and white supremacy sitting at home eating sheet cake, unfortunately. If you need suggestions for how to get started, feel free to reach out to me.
I love you. I’m proud of you. Keep fighting.