Participating in activism is important to make changes in our society. If you are new to being an activist, you may be full of passion and energy. Or, you may feel paralyzed by the sheer number of issues that need to be addressed.
Whether you are newly activated or have been doing this for years, you may be feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or burnout.
We’ve gathered tips and resources to help you cope with the tough part of activism.
Activist Overwhelm and Burnout Resources
Being an activist takes work and it can be stressful at times, especially for marginalized communities. It’s important to be prepared and aware of the toll activism can have on mental health in order to set up boundaries, self-care, and other resources to help prevent and manage activism burnout.
Choose a Cause
There are lots of important movements and causes and it may seem overwhelming on where to begin. While it’s entirely possible to show up for more than one cause, it is helpful to choose one or two to prioritize.
No matter which cause(s) you are passionate about, follow the direction of leaders and organizations already doing the work.
Connect With Other Activists
There are going to be hard days. Surrounding yourself with supportive people can help keep you from feeling alone in this work. They can encourage you, energize you, and keep your spirits up (Staying Positive: Ideas of Things To Do To Keep Your Spirits Up). If you are feeling lost or overwhelmed, they can offer guidance.
As influencers, it’s important to support other influencer activists (link to 8 Ways To Support Other Influencer Activists) as well as have an offline support system. Find a local activist group chapter working on a cause you are passionate about and get connected with other activists in your community. Many community organizations also have Facebook groups that you can join.
Make Activism Part of Your Daily Life
There are big and small ways to make activism a part of your daily life, even if you have limited time. In order to create change, we have to keep moving forward and applying pressure to our society’s systems and infrastructure.
This can be done in many ways including amplifying voices, sharing resources, educating your audience (link to Brandi’s 15 real ways to use your platform to educate your audience), voting, contacting elected officials, donating to organizations, and being more intentional about where you spend your money.
There is no “one and done” solution, so find ways to incorporate it naturally into your life. Also, sign up for the Influencer Activist Toolkit newsletter if you haven’t already. (link)
Practicing self-care as an influencer activist (Self Care For Influencer Activists) is important because we spend a lot of time online. It can be hard to step away and unplug from our work.
Self-care may not look the same for everyone, but it’s key to preventing and recovering from activism burnout.
It includes getting enough sleep, doing things that bring you joy, and knowing when to take a break (It’s Okay To Take A Break: How To Know When You Need To Take Off). It may also mean seeking mental health support online or in person.
We encourage you to save these tips and resources to help you cope with the hard parts of activism.
- The Overwhelmed Person’s Guide to Activism
- How to Get Locally Involved in Activism
- 11 Change-Makers Share How They Deal With Activism Fatigue
- The Lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig
- The Activist’s Guide to Self-Care
- Thriving Activist Toolkit
- 6 Racial Justice Organizers Real Talk About Burnout
- 4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible
Darcy Zalewski is passionate about education and building connections through family gaming. She is a kids’ activities and parenting lifestyle content creator at DarcyAndBrian.com.