Books to Read to Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season
How did the holiday seasons get so hectic? What was once designed to be a quiet time with family seems to be such a source of stress and overwhelm, as we rush to see all our families and get to the stores to buy the right gifts. My families do a secret Santa- just one understated gift from each side, and same with the children. My little boys now have a total of 9 cousins, across 4 of my or my husband’s siblings families, and that is not to mention all the grandparents nor my two siblings who don’t have kids! We find it really helpful to set boundaries around the gift exchanging so that things don’t get out of hand! It isn’t good for the planet, our wallets, nor our kids’ behaviour otherwise. We do love the pleasure of exchanging gifts, but we can get that same pleasure from just one as we can from many.
The holidays can be a particularly fraught time for us as conscious consumers and activists, and we find ourselves confronted with the choices of family members who, perhaps, don’t share the same strict ethics that we try to adhere to. I hear the challenge of unethical or wasteful gifts as source of stress for many of my readers, particularly those who have kids. But at the same time, we don’t want to let our frsutrations affect our relationships with our loved ones. So in all the busyness of this season, it is important to also find time for yourself, to rest, relax and recuperate. Self-care, especially for those of us engaged in eco-activism, is a growing passion of mine. It is something I have become very good at, in large part because my mental health has always been fragile. I stay mentally well by ensuring that I take time for self-care.
On that topic, I am excited to say that I am nearing the end of the writing process for my Resilience and Self-care Guide for Eco Activists. I will be realising this on Amazon in 2018, I plan for this to be the go-to handbook for any of us engaged in the work of climate activism- be we vegan advocates, sustainable fashion advocates, or environmental campaigners- with practical guidance and a clear framework for taking care of ourselves so we can sustain our activism for the long haul.
But before my own book goes live, here are some other books that I think you will find helpful. Take some time to nourish yourself these holiday with some meaningful reads for climate activists who need a little self-care:
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1. Hope in the Dark* by Rebecca Solnit
I found great encouragement from this book during my time recovering from activist burn out earlier in the year. I highly recommend this beautiful work for any activists who need to find hope in this long frustrating fight for our planet.
2. Daring Greatly* by Brene Brown
Having the courage to share your vulnerability, especially in times of activist overwhelm and burn out, is a really important trait for resilience. I find great comfort and inspiration in this book, and I am sure that you will too.
3. Peace is Every Breath* by Thich Nhat Hanh
Learning to let go of anxious thoughts and stressful worries has been critical to my self-care process, and I fall back on these skills every day as I move through the stresses of life as an activist, mother, and conscious entrepreneur. Start connecting with your breath and the present moment with the help of this lovely little book.
I hope you can find some time to take care of yourself this holiday season. I will be returning in the new year with some more articles to inspire you to live more sustainably, slow down, and take care of yourself as you move through your lives as activists.
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