“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
After these tumultuous past couple of weeks of being reminded that our leaders don’t care about sexual assault survivors, it is important to remember to take care of yourself. While it would be easier to just curl up into a ball and remain under the covers indefinitely, we can’t. That’s why we must take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to fight back and educate others to prevent these injustices from happening again in the future. There are many forms of self-care, but here are some suggestions.
1. Create a Skincare Routine
I have found that feeling clean on the outside helps me feel clean on the inside as well. Taking care of your skin and having a routine can be a good stress relieving tool. It’s even better if you use brands that create cruelty-free and sustainably sourced products.
2. Set Aside Time to Read
If you find that staring at a screen and waiting for the next piece of breaking news to pop up has become anxiety inducing, it might be time to put down your phone. Instead of struggling to go to sleep at night because you can’t stop thinking about what you just saw on Twitter, set aside 30 minutes before your bedtime to read a book.
3. Retail Therapy
If you’re feeling a loss of control, retail therapy can help you feel a sense of preparedness. Whether it be grocery shopping or clothes shopping, you can also feel a sense of pride in giving back to independent businesses by going to the local farmers market or seeking out philanthropic brands that give back to the community.
4. Take Up A New Hobby
Whether it be yoga or knitting, finding a hobby can help slow down everything coming at you and can help you begin to make sense of all the craziness going on in the world. I have found that when I am stressed beyond belief, going on a run feels like I am physically venting, because sometimes words aren’t enough.
5. Spend Time With Friends
At the end of the day, spending time with friends who cherish you and care about you may be the purest form of self-care. Having a support group who you can go to about your struggles and achievements can take a weight off of your shoulders, because it helps knowing that you aren’t going through life alone.
Above all, one of the most important ways to take care of yourself is by exercising your right to vote. Remember, the bystander effect is real and you can’t always rely on others to make a change for you, so register to vote.
Chat with you next time,