Self-Care & Next Steps || Aftermath 2016

I don't think I'm the only one thoroughly upset about the results of the election. We have enjoyed a lot of progress in this country in terms of better visibility for the problems that have always been here, and we've even made some strides toward improving some of those things, and now all of that is being threatened. We can still continue to work fiercely for progress, but we also need to heal. You have to take care of yourself if you are going to make change.

My roommate and one of my best buddies, Emily, and I made a couple videos to help if you are feeling lost. We were totally devastated on Tuesday, but we are going to keep going.

Welcome to Aftermath 2016. 

Part 1: Self Care Tips

In this video we talk about why self care is important, give tips on how to do it, remind you why it's important, and we even go beyond the fluffy bubble bath parts-- not to knock glitter (NEVER TO KNOCK GLITTER) but it's important to remember that it's not just the "pinteresty" things that are critical to self care.

Part 2: Next Steps

In this video, we talk about how to make change. How do we make elections better? How do we reconcile what happened? How can we push for the progress and defend the things we care about after the election?

Here are some additional resources:

Find out who represents you! and then contact them.

Suicidal? Self-Harm-y?
  • Call 911
  • Online Chat suicide/crisis site:
  • Suicide talk lines: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Suicide Hotline in Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
  • LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

This is something that brings me a lot of comfort and empowerment in times when I see injustice and evil being done by people who aren't necessarily evil. It also reminds me that we can be heroes. Philip Zimbardo's TED Talk on the psychology of evil and the importance of everyday heroism.



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