How can social activists prevent activism burnout
To all the social activists and leaders that are fighting or standing up for a cause , your voice is powerful. Your posts are powerful. Boycotting is powerful. Using hashtags is powerful. Going to that protest is powerful. Your work is so important. However, I know you may feel helpless, but your work is not in vain.
I know that as an activist, we may often feel overwhelmed, hopeless, and exhausted from the stress of standing up for a cause or a norm. We need to work all together and find ways to prevent activism burnout. Here are few ways that can help you from not burning out while fighting for change in society:
As a social activist, I know that we often feel as if we do not deserve what we have and enjoy because many other people are denied from having the basic daily needs. We often feel guilty and change our self-care routine without even realizing it. I also saw my self-care routine decrease when I felt stressed from social activism.
However, self-care is the most important factor that helps us from not having activism burnout. We need to take care of ourselves to be able to take care of others. So, please remember to eat, drink water, and sleep. Do not abandon or neglect yourself.
2. Take a break.
Knowing when you are feeling overwhelmed and when to take a break is very important. It is important to know and identify the symptoms of a burnout which will indicate to you that you need a break. I know that we want everyone to see our goal and purpose in advocating for human rights, but it can often be very traumatizing and triggering.
Therefore, you do not need to know every detail, watch every single video, or read every single post. Constantly traumatizing and triggering yourself and others is not a prerequisite for advocacy and activism. That can make you and others feel more hopeless. Whenever we feel overwhelmed or traumatized we should try to take a break and just disconnect from everything related to the work we are fighting for. Sometimes it is better to just turn off the phone, not watch the news and just do what brings us joy.
3. Celebrate the small achievement.
Social activism is a long-term process. We need to have a lot of patience. We can often feel as if what we are working on does not have an impact or change in society. Therefore we need to take the smallest accomplishment and celebrate as if it is a big one. This will motivate us to continue to do our work and it can also encourage others to join us and fight for what we believe is right.
When we feel strongly about a cause we try to get all the resources to make a change in a system that is in power and wants us to burn out from the actions we take for social change. Social activism is long-term and ongoing, burning out benefits the oppressors. So, I hope this blog helps you guys find a way to prevent activism burnout and do not let the oppressors win.