Friday 16-10-2015 - 13:16
NUS Womens' Campaign is launching the #FeelingMyself Care workshop toolkit to aid student feminist activist groups in discussing and engaging in radical self-care.
One of the most important things that I have discovered during my years in activism is the importance of self-care.
Self-care is becoming something that people talk about more regularly now, however for many people, including myself, it's something easier said than done. I've seen dozens of incredible activists along the years, burn out and opt out of movements because being involved in activism itself has had a negative impact on their mental and physical health. This is why I strongly feel that self-care shouldn't just be an afterthought, accessibility and mental health is something that needs to be focused on more.
However, for this to become a reality we need to actually start the conversation about these topics, not just with activism but also about everyday life because self-care is important for everyone. So that's why when I re-ran to be national Women's officer, developing a piece of work around what it means to practice radical self-care was one of my key objectives. I also wanted the work to be relatable for people who aren't necessarily in activism but have caring responsibilities or/and disabilities and find it difficult to practice self-care.
To be honest I didn't know where to start, so I began by starting a blog for women students to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of radical self-care and self-love. The blog, named #FeelingMySelfcare http://feelingmyselfcare.tumblr.com/ (after Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé's feminist self-love jam "Feeling Myself") became an insightful platform for a diverse range of opinions about self-care and self-love.
Over the summer holidays I read over submissions from the blog and had many one to one conversations with activists from various backgrounds. I also noted down useful activities that I learnt from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions. CBT is a type of talking therapy that can help manage problems by changing the way you think and behave. It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally happy to share the new #FeelingMySelfare workshop toolkit which consists of workshop briefing , PowerPoint presentation and feedback form .
The aim of the workshop is to:
- Deconstruct the concept of "burn out" and learn about difference causes, effects and how to tackle it.
- Discuss different definitions of self-care and self-love and the barriers people face when engaging in them.
- Learn practical ways to look after yourself and how to collectively support each other's self-care.
I want to give a special shout out to SOAS Women's Network for letting me trail the workshop at their first event of the year and providing the feedback I needed to make it better. So there you go, download away and let me know how your workshops go!
All downloads can be found here: