So it’s Pride Season, in the midst of one of the most tumultuous years the US has seen in a while. Pride is a wonderful time for celebration (and protest!) but it can bring up a lot of buried feelings of rejection and isolation, highlighting the painful disparities that continue.
There’s some crazy stuff happening, and not just in politics. People are being fat-shamed. Powerful women are not being taken seriously. Trans people are getting mugged and worse. Some folks are up in arms about adding a black and a brown stripe to the iconic rainbow flag. Racism is on the rise. My friends with disabilities report an increase in verbal or physical attacks against them. And many people are hurting, not just for themselves, but for their friends and families, their community, their country, and the planet. If you feel overwhelmed, you’re certainly not alone.
What’s the solution? Obviously showing support, sticking up for each other, and activism and social justice. But beyond that, just as important, is self-care. What can you do for yourself on a daily basis? Here are some suggestions: