Whether you’re protesting, attending Pride in states that throw a parade later in the year, or managing morning headlines, it can be helpful to amp up self-care practices as we wade through an onerous news cycle and hostile legislation.
Self-care ideas around managing anti-LGBTQIA+ news“We don't get to take ‘days off’ from being queer as it is a continuously lived experience, however, creating space for self-maintenance is crucial,” said Lewis. Self-care is often touted as bubble baths and pedicures, but it doesn’t always look as lavish. Lewis explained that self-care involves meeting your needs, like getting enough sleep or finding movement, even if it feels like a challenge at the time. Bowers recommended taking inventory of past self-care practices or coping skills that have proven helpful in difficult prior times. Giving yourself extra time to process and practice self-compassion can also help. With self-care, “If it helps you to feel connected, then you're doing it right,” said Schiffman. It can also help to implement boundaries around news consumption. “Boundaries can look like taking intentional time off from news and media consumption, or excusing yourself from the burden of educating others on queer topics when feeling burnt out,” said Lewis. You might also choose a few trusted sources to consume news from rather than opening any headline you see. Other limits around news consumption include the time of day you read, how long you might be scrolling for, and taking time-outs to check in with yourself about how you’re feeling. It’s easy to become overtaken with anxiety and overwhelmed, especially when learning of something particularly harrowing. When reading about violence toward your community, it can feel personal, and rightly so.
“Scars within our communities bear witness to our ultimate resilience. I think it can be important to remind ourselves that we can get through and have come through horrific times.”“Community is also key. Finding or creating safe queer spaces to foster a sense of connection is powerful when it comes to processing, healing, advocating, or simply finding joy and celebration in the existence of queer lives and intersecting identities. Regardless of what is happening politically, queer folks will always be here and seeing members of our community continuing to gather and exist despite all these barriers is pure magic,” explained Lewis.