2020 is a big election year and many people already have resistance and social justice fatigue.
The news cycle is draining.
Newfound political consciousness can feel like a zero sum game.
Some of us are struggling with our day-to-day existence - while we are working hard to support marginalized communities.
Often thoughts about giving up and staying in bed sound better than keeping up with our activism.
When I hear my peers and clients (and myself ) feeling overwhelmed and moving towards burnout - the best thing to do is take a break - and amplify your self care.
Here are 5 easy self-care options to get you through - and build you up.
1. Honor how you feel.
Don't deny your feelings or try to talk yourself out of them. Reflect on why you care - and turn that caring toward yourself so you and refuel.
2. Go on a social media fast.
Exchanging thoughts and ideas with people we don't know - and can't see - can be too much. Conversations can escalate quickly and go down an abusive road. Take a break from social media and spend that time engaging in a creative activity that fills you up.
3. Strengthen your boundaries.
By having strong boundaries, you can preserve your energy.You can let people know what you're available (or not available) to do and discuss without apologizing. You can say NO without over-explaining yourself. When you say NO to things - you make space for a YES that nurtures yourself.
4. Spend time with people who love you.
Having a soft place to land is critical for your self-care. Spend time with people or in groups that are easy for you. Schedule time to be with people who will listen to you - without any expectation. Bask in the joy of lightness by hanging out with people who are happy, fun, and caring.
5. Journal about it.
Use your journal as a creativity tool to be open and honest. Write down your thoughts. Draw pictures. Get lost doodling or creating mind maps in your journal. The point is - don't let your mind get jumbled with thoughts of hopelessness or despair. Release the burden of those thoughts into your journal.
What would you add to this list?
How are you taking care of yourself - in general?
How do you combat mental fatigue from being "woke"?
Share your thoughts and connect with me here.
Check out these tools and resources
Thrive 75: Productivity + Goal Mapping Toolkit
How to create a pop-up sanctuary
Year of Bold Mantra Cards + Journal