It is important to be mindful of how events in the world and how we engage with them through media can affect our outlook and mental health. I personally struggle almost daily trying to ride the line between staying involved and informed while trying to take care of myself. I find myself needing to take “media breaks” regularly, but am drawn back into the fray by my desire to at least remain part of the conversation.
Unless you are hiding from the world, news and social media, it would be impossible to not feel the sense of anxiety and worldwide political tension in the air. Whether you are Canadian, American or from another part of the big wide world, you are likely affected in some way by the social, economic and political climate in your community and globally. It's out there, at times visceral and hard to ignore.
Regardless of your age, background, political affiliations, gender etc., it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, helpless, angry and/or anxious as you watch and engage with what is going on in your community. It is important to take care of yourself and others always, but particularly during times like these when communities feel fractured and divisive and it becomes increasingly harder to stop the flow of information.
In the flurry of articles, comments, tweets and other shared media I consume each day, a bright spot in what seems like a stream of constant negativity has been watching the development of the Women's March, happening on January 21, 2017 in Washington DC. According to WomensMarch.com, over 600 "Sister Marches" are also happening that day all over the world, boasting a registered headcount of over one million people! This march is shaping up to be the biggest, if not THE biggest, global activist events of my lifetime.
Even if people can't agree on politics or ideologies, I'd like to think that we can all agree that this type of organisation, activism and collective, focused passion culminating in a real life collaborative event is a good thing. Change, enlightenment and progress can happen, and peaceful activism can be the driving force. The communication lines are there, and people are paying attention.
In the spirit of celebrating being aware and active in your communities while being mindful of the toll it can take, for this blog we've decided to share some of my favourite wellness tips. I encourage you to check them out and share them with the young people in your life, and even get in touch with us to let us know how you might be getting involved with advocacy or activism while managing to maintain some balance and peace in your life. We’d love to hear from you.
It is our hope that these curated tips will serve as a reminder of how you can take control of your ability to be kind, hopeful, aware, helpful and well.
- Andrea, mindyourmind
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