Protect Your Mental Health While Fighting For Justice
Start writing a post

Protect Your Mental Health While Fighting For Justice

Having to advocate for the lives of the innocent, to spread change on the internet or at home, to sign and create petitions, and to constantly stay connected with movements can really take a toll on one's mental stability.

... If you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.
--Dalai Lama

There is so much going on in our lives right now. Between a viral pandemic and a racial plague, it seems like it is impossible to think about anything good. What we are fighting is so evil and so big, and if you're a person of color, you're fighting so much more in your head than anyone could ever imagine. Witnessing the death of an innocent person is gut-wrenching and even more so when it happens again and again to a person of your own race. Reading daily the racist comments on Facebook alongside videos of non-colored people throwing out racial slurs and other hate speech. We are fighting for something so important but so draining. With everything we are trying to get done, we cannot forget to cherish our mental health and to take time to heal our minds so we can be strong enough to heal the hearts of others.

We must fight for the lives of others
when we see there is unfairness,
but we must also fight for our own health
otherwise, we can't fight at all.

We must show love for others
no matter their background or race,
but we must also show love for ourselves
otherwise, we can't truly love another.

We must advocate for justice of the lives
that were taken unfairly and too soon,
but we must also advocate for ourselves
otherwise, we can't make our voices heard.

We must change the mindset of others around us
to create a welcoming environment for everyone,
but we must also remain open minded and educate ourselves
otherwise, we can't make the impact that we need.

We must always find a way to do these things
because our world and our people deserve better,
but we must also find ways to focus on our own health
otherwise, we begin to lose ourselves.

These movements and initiatives to remove the systemic racism and glorification of the wrong ideologies are needed. They must continue until we see real positive change for longer than a week. But, it is impossible to take on this task for too long without destroying our mental health. Constantly reading headlines and seeing videos of the cruelty that happens in our world is sickening to the stomach and to the mind. Protect your mental health while fighting for justice.

Remember it's okay to take a break from your phone. It is okay to take a step back from your family or friends that don't support your values. It is okay to take a minute for yourself.

For those impacted more personally and directly by the racial issues our country is currently fighting, it is okay to step away from the environments that are not recognizing and fighting for you. You deserve so much better.

Attached are some resources for those who are struggling to maintain their mental health right now:

Take a Social Media break

Take a Break from Breaking News

Why to News Break

Resources for POC by POC

Black Mental Health

Helplines and Explanations

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Patriotism doesn't end with Independence day

If you can be proud of your country on he 4th of July, you can be proud all year long.

Patriotism doesn't end with Independence day
Photo by Rob Martinez on Unsplash

I'm the child of a Marine Veteran. He may have been out of the service by the time I was born, but the Patriotic Pride he lived by has been my family's life line. I grew up with the American Flag hanging in my front porch. My dad has the "Proud to be a Marine" license plate in the front of his car. And red, white, and blue is a completely acceptable way to decorate your living room. But it doesn't end with just that. You need to know why we celebrate freedom.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Katy Perry, "Baby You're a Firework." I don't know if she was referring to the Fourth of July when she was referencing fireworks, but this song has allowed this generation to rejoice. The song "Firework" allows people of all ages to appreciate the lyrics, as the song brings forth a positive state of mind. Unfortunately, just like the song, not every knows what the Fourth of July is actually for. Many just assume it is that one time of year you get to spend time barbecuing and see fireworks light up the sky. Even though many are not aware of the American historical significance, this holiday has annually encouraged people to come together happily, which could very much be the importance of it.

Keep Reading... Show less

Why Fourth Of July is America’s Biggest Frat Party

It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.


It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Revolutionary Women To Remember This Fourth Of July

The patriots of the American Revolution aren't the only ones who gave us the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

10 Revolutionary Women To Remember This Fourth Of July

Independence Day is almost upon us, which means that for most Americans, it'll be time to bust out the lawn chairs and grills, gather around family and friends, and praise our history through patriotic garb and grand fireworks displays. It's the one day of the year where everyone forgets their political biases or historic inaccuracies, at least for a while, to look back on the hazy, illustrious history of the United States.

But, while we celebrate what people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry did for this country, they are not the only ones who embodied the very virtues that our nation loves to advocate for. This Fourth of July, here are ten American women who history tends to forget, despite the groundbreaking things they did for their country.

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Ways Barbie Movies Shaped My Childhood

My childhood would not have been the same without them.

Taylor Hawk

Barbie movies were a huge part of my childhood. I mean huge. If you are like me, I welcome you to take a healthy dose of nostalgia as I explain how Barbie movies shaped my childhood. The movies...

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments