Mindful Activism

Welcome to Mindful Activism.

Here we talk about self-care for everyone, but mainly activists, which is in great demand. Activists work with other activists, volunteers, people that work together for a cause, usually without a company policy giving them rules for conduct. It is based on being yourself, mutual respect and good team-building.

We offer you ideas on how to better take care of yourself, or others around you, discuss everyday topics around our well-being or interpersonal quirks that come up in life. We aim to help you understand people better and give tips on how to be better understood. Nobody is perfect, and there is no need to be either. So the content of this channel is about being ourselves and learning to be able to be with others, no matter the interpersonal obstacles.

Basically we want to inspire, motivate and empower each other <3


WORKSHOP

Welcome to Mindful Activism.

Self-care for activists is in great demand and we decided to finally set up a page and group for all of us. In the group you can ask for help and share your experiences. The idea is to be there for each other and if need be find professional help for those most affected.

But basically we want to inspire, motivate and empower each other <3


#MindfulActivism


Trauma


As animal activists (but also others) we live high-stress life-styles, see shocking images and scenes most of the time, face brutality on all levels, towards animals but also towards ourselves.

We receive very little understanding from the people around us, that had our backs most of our lives.

Even some family abandons us in our beliefs, and support mostly only comes from fellow activists.

It is trauma that unites many of us. From our past but also from what we experience in the movement for the animals. We bear witness to the atrocities that are being done to animals, and often just stare in disbelief: "How can they do this to them?!"

But we cannot change it. We can very often only bear witness. And have to let them go, let them suffer and die.

Trauma leads to post traumatic stress, and to a thing called secondary traumatic stress. Melanie Joy describes it as follows:

"Secondary traumatic stress is also called compassion fatigue.

Activists need to take well care of themselves so they can have sustainable lives, as people and as activists.

Not being able to see the good things that are happening is often a hallmark of secondary traumatic stress — STS (or STSD), which is like PTSD except it affects witnesses to violence rather than the direct victims of violence."

It is important that we do not bottle up our feelings, but talk to someone about them. Open up to a fellow activist, friends, family, therapist.


This page and its group is here to help you find support, talk to others who might feel similar or the same. Our goal is to empower you again, give you tools and ideas to cope or if necessary help you find professional help.

Don't hesitate to ask 💚


Activists

Activists are different. We do what we do out of conviction, with passion and full of emotions. We are here with all of our heart.

This also makes us so very vulnerable, especially animal rights activists. Many of us break because of what we witness, the suffering of animals, the atrocities that are being done to them. The powerlessness, when we cannot rescue them. Or when they just die in our arms.

Many of us already came broken into this movement. This is why we are in this movement, because we know what suffering is. How badly it hurts.

And this again is why also most of us get along so well, because we understand each other.

Being there for each other -> is so important!

Sometimes we are stronger, then we can give Sometimes we are weaker, then we are open to receive.

Let's be there for each other 💚

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