With a recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of what’s necessary to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celcius, experiencing climate change in real time (hello, Hurricanes Florence & Michael), and the current state of politics and progress, it’s no wonder one might slip into hopelessness on an occasion or two.
I recently got together with some close, likeminded friends for drinks at The Durham and the wave of grief over a suffering people and planet has surely affected us all. But in swapping stories, I found we had come up with a nice list of things we could do to keep our heads above water and find something to smile about.
Self care is so important to be able to continue in our activist efforts. Here are the favorite Self-Savers from your favorite Durham eco-activists:
1. Limit the news.
It’s good to know what’s going on in the world, but it’s even better to be able to be out in the world doing something about it. So don’t make it a habit to listen to every day and find the dose that works for you. Use that time to make a plan for action to address what you actually can control! One great thing you can start with today?
Encourage people to go out and V O T E !
2. Focus on the positive.
Sometimes it seems I have to sift through endless amounts of negativity to find a glimmer of hope, but when you do, shout it from the rooftops. It gives everyone else hope too! Count the blessings in your own life and figure out a way to share those blessings with others. Radiate your light for everyone to see, because then they too will shine on beside you and the light will bounce from person to person, lighting our community up with
L O V E !
3. Turn it up and let it out!
Jamming out in my room is a go-to from childhood that I just can’t let get away from me. Experience liberation, joy and a good rush of endorphins to send you floating out the door to your next volunteer shift or activist meeting.
Go ahead… let loose and S H A K E !
4. Get together with friends.
Joy and love are infinitely present with friends, even in hard times. We are cosmically intertwined and the time to remember that is now. My happiness is the happiness of my neighbor and my sorrows are those of my neighbor’s. So grab a friend and go look at art, take a walk in the woods, and make it a point to connect with someone who might need some lifting.
Disconnect and B R E A T H E .
5. Y O G A
Journaling, meditation, asanas, mindful breathing. Pick something and explore it. You can even do it at home (hello, YouTube!?) to practice listening to your body and to maintain your precious self. Sleep, renewal, and enjoyment of the present moment are just a few offerings an intentional yoga practice will bring. See Global Breath and MindBody Centering Yoga.
So be a good activist and don’t forget to fill your cup with the goodness and love that is all around —
embrace your community, reach out to those having hard times and help shift our culture in the direction of kindness and earth-friendliness.
Share your sanity saving tips with The Durham Originals! (it makes me happy to hear from Y O U !)