Self Care

Being a vegan activist in a speciesist world and having a conscious awareness of animal exploitation can be physically and emotionally draining. Creating the time and space to recharge should be high on our to-do lists, but it isn’t easy and we know that.

Animal Save Movement activists use a love-based and caring approach to highlight the importance of a healthy community and motivate the activists to take care of themselves in the process of making this world a better one.

What is self care?

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. It isn’t selfish or a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that we have the strength to give ourselves what we need, to nurture ourselves and take care of our minds, emotions and physical bodies.⁣⁣⁣⁣

Common examples of self-care are things like exercising, eating well or meditating. But it looks different for everyone and that's ok.

For us, self-care can also look like:

  • Taking a break from social media
    Limiting your consumption of bad news (or news or general) can have a huge impact on your mental health. Give yourself the time to process everything that's going on right now and take breaks from your phone.
  • Taking some days away from activism
    It's okay if you need to slow down or even quit for a few days. It can give you more strength to keep fighting in the future. Don't be sad or embarrassed to admit that you need a break.
  • Taking time off from meetings
    Taking care of yourself is also productive. Your fellow activists will understand. They want the best for you as they want for other animals.
  • Saying no to another commitment
    Set healthy boundaries. There is no shame in saying you can't or don't want to take any more tasks. Cutting down your to-do list can help you be more productive on the tasks you are already committed to.

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As a part of a "Care for Activists Week" in 2020, Animal Rights Activists and Psychologist, Vera Rodriguez, provided activists with tools to improve their mental health, and make activism sustainable. Check it out below: