During these stressful times, taking care of mental health can be a serious challenge, especially if you are heavily involved in volunteer organizations or politics. Oftentimes, it feels that we have to choose between helping others and taking care of ourselves, but, like most things in life, there is a way to find a balance between the two.
By staying at home you are already doing so much to keep people safe. While your volunteer work is valued and appreciated in your community, it is equally important to maintain your own mental health during these stressful times. You can’t take care of others if you’re not okay.
We’ve made a list of tips for managing your mental state while staying involved. Keep in mind, however, that these are by no means one-size-fits-all recommendations. It is all about whatever works for you personally. Some days doing any of these things may feel like too much. Some days you might not do any of them. That’s okay. This time at home is difficult for everyone, but we’re in this together.
1. Limit your news intake
This may mean deleting social media, muting notifications from news outlets, or turning off the television. Reading the news may be a habit, but too much of it can induce anxiety. The news right now is pretty scary and stressful, and much of it is based purely on speculation. Try your best to limit news intake to preserve your own sanity.
2. Read a book
A great way to avoid the news, social media, and screen time in general is to get lost in a good book. Mobilize has a great book list for learning more about organizing, movements, and social change.
3. Give back virtually
Another way to fill the day is to support organizations from home! Mobilize has released Volunteer from Your Couch, a one-stop shop for volunteers seeking to assist COVID-19 relief efforts. Getting involved and helping out your community is incredibly rewarding. There are countless organizations that need our help right now and so much that we as individuals can do to make a difference. Remind others, and yourself, that none of us are alone during these stressful times.
4. Take part in social events
Social distancing does not need to mean complete isolation! Our platform offers a plethora of social events that you can do from home if you’re craving some human interaction. Mobilize organizations have been offering happy hours, Netflix parties, yoga classes, and more. Browse mobilize.us to look for events in your area or with groups you’re interested in.
5. Register to vote by mail
If your state offers it, one easy way to stay involved is to register to vote by mail. Even better, help register your friends and family as well. Voting by mail is easier than going to the polls, which encourages people to vote who might not have otherwise.
6. Don’t be so hard on yourself
Sometimes it feels like quarantine is a “productivity contest.” People are learning how to cook, adopting a new language, or picking up wild hobbies. However, this time is not designated for extreme personal or professional growth. You’re in the middle of a global pandemic; cut yourself some slack.