Fighting for justice is necessary and in order to do that, we must first fight for ourselves. This list is a starting point meant to catalyze your own thinking about how you can best engage in self-care, especially now. You’re not alone in this.
Breathe. Deeply. Slowly. Four counts in. Six counts out.
Hydrate. Have you had enough water today?
Eat. Have you eaten something healthy and nourishing today?
Sleep. Have you slept seven to nine hours? Is it time for some rest?
Shower. Then dry yourself and put on clothes that make you feel good.
- Move your body in ways that feel gentle or exhaust yourself physically — running, yoga, swimming, whatever helps you feel fatigued.
- Engage in safe, respectful, consensual touch or MENTAL hugs (COVID-19).
- Express your feelings — all of them! — safely and appropriately. Seek out help if you need support in this.
- Cultivate and gather your support system to talk it out.
- Say no to extra obligations, chores, or anything that pulls on your precious self-care time.
- Book sessions with your therapist. Go to a group meeting where support is offered. Check out church listings, hospital listings, or school listings.
- Soften expectations of yourself and others as appropriate during this time.
- Reread your favorite books from childhood, read inspirational quotes, read stories of others who overcame adversity.
- Get creative – make or look at art, cook, sing. Creativity increases problem solving and lowers stress levels. Art is especially powerful during times of upheaval and injustice.
- Take five minutes to meditate – guided mediations are especially helpful. Some can be found online for free.
- Make lists. Examples: why you are grateful in your life, why you will be OK, why you are a good&loving person.
- Visit a real or virtual spiritual community service (temples, synagogues, mosques, churches).
- Educate yourself about what you are going through. Learn about what you are facing, what you can expect to feel, and how you can support yourself.
- Establish a routine and stick to it. Routines can bring comfort and grounding when things feel chaotic or out of control