Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
– Audre Lorde
Self care is so incredibly important for everyone, especially so for activists. It took me years to realize that constantly going and working would burn me out so quickly. Taking care of yourself is just as important as any other part of the fight.
There are plenty of places that provide ideas and resources for self care, including:
- The Self Care Zine
- Your Mental Health First Aid Kit
- There are multiple master posts (including this one) on Tumblr
- Self Care 101 – Everyday Feminism
Self care can really be anything that allows you to take a break and check in with yourself. It can be writing, spending time alone, watching movies, hanging out with friends, napping, etc. There’s no one right way to do self care and it doesn’t always mean spending time alone.
I used to feel an incredible amount of anxiety for taking time for self care before I had the words for it. The semester that I was advocating for legal protections at my school, I spent weeks and weeks just constantly going. I was always talking to people, editing and filming videos, doing school work, (occasionally) attending classes. I was barely sleeping, answering emails between bites of food, and hardly showering.
I was really fortunate to be living with two of my closest friends at the time who started to see me getting incredibly burnt out and would make me food when I was hardly eating. One Friday and Saturday, they forced me to take a break and cooked a ton of food and we had a movie marathon with no laptops or cell phones. I still think about those months a lot and so thankful that those friends forced me to spend time taking care of myself.
Take care of yourself everyone ❤