Saturday, February 22 2020
Happy self-care Saturday!
Often when we think of self-care, we think of things that we can do to treat ourselves, whether that's a massage, yoga, or practicing gratitude. While those things are nice, an aspect of self-care that we don't often think about is social action. Maybe we've never even thought about social action as self-care. So why social action?
When we go through trauma, whether that be experiencing violence or oppression ourselves or someone close to us experiencing violence or oppression, we experience a lot of different things. Some of the things we may experience are feeling a lack of control in our lives, disempowerment, like we don't have a voice, and that the world and/or the system is broken or hopeless. These are all normal feelings and reactions to violence and oppression.
However, we do have power and a voice. We are valuable, important, and our stories and experiences matter. When we feel ready and if it feels good to us, social action can provide a tool to counteract those traumatic feelings. It can give us a sense of control, empowerment, and voice. It can make us feel like we are contributing to making the world and the system a less broken place.
So what does social action look like? There are as many ways to engage in social action as there are people, and what feels rights and healing to someone else might feel different from what feels right or healing to you. Feel out what feels best. Check out some suggestions below and feel free to comment with your own!