Original post on @saic.maffairs posted 11/7/2020.
We are in a state of worry, anxiety, and fatigue. For Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color, this is not a new or unfamiliar state. Everyday is an uphill battle to care for ourselves amidst a society to fosters insecurity, perpetuates marginalization, and invalidates lived experiences. So why does self-care matter more in 2020? Because by loving, affirming, validating, and caring for ourselves, we are opposing this cultural norm and we are prioritizing our own wellness. Now especially, self-care is vital, it is counter-culture, it is political, and it is radical.1
So what does self-care look like?
Wellness is defined as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.2
This varies from person to person but can include:
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" - Audre Lorde
Members of the SAIC community can visit the library without an appointment to browse, pull items, or use non-circulating materials.
Flaxman Library Materials - Instructions to request books are available here.
I-Share Books - May take up to 5 days from request to pickup. Instructions are available here
Have you checked in with yourself today? Mentally, Physically, Emotionally?
Have you made time to do things you enjoy doing?
Have you taken time to take a breath today
Never be afraid or feel ashamed to seek help from anyone, use your community resources is possible.
National Queer and trans therapists of color network: https://www.nqttcn.com
Online mental health therapy for marginalized & intersectional communities: https://www.ayanatherapy.com