We love chocolate and bubble baths but that just won't cut it any more in 2021
We are all here because we care about our communities and we want to be part of the change. Whether you march in the streets or create space for your community to thrive, you are doing something and that makes you an activist.
But activist burnout is real and can dampen — and even extinguish — movements. And while self-care is a helpful antidote to burnout, research urges a shift from self-care to community care.
According to Psychology Today, instead of individuals attending to their own needs outside of their activism, a collective approach would respond to the activist community’s needs at large. Thus, burnout wouldn’t be an individual plight, but an issue dealt with collectively. This shift in culture would help ensure that a movement has both the strength and longevity to achieve change.
Here's what causes burnout:
The research has shown that the two most successful ways to prevent and combat burnout are:
(1) for individuals to prioritize their long-term career and activist development and
(2) for organizations and movements to actively attend to the activist community’s needs.
How Does SameSide Work to Prevent Burnout?
SameSide was created in 2017 to help more people get involved in activism in a way that fits into their lifestyle. We understood early on that the community bonds that fuel personal growth are vital to sustaining engagement in movements. That's why we pair activism with the things you do every day.
Like when Kady Lafferty of Big Booty Yoga hosted a Purposeful Flow: Prince Yoga session for LGBTQ rights.
Or when The PUSH MVMT hosted Votest, a live music show in the heart of Venice, CA to bring out voters and drop their ballots.
Now, we've taken the SameSide community online so that anyone, anywhere can connect with a supportive and creative community committed to advancing the most important causes of our time. We know the importance of community and and dedicate our space to creating a fun, vibrant and soul-fulfilling space for all to thrive in their activism - whatever that means to you.
When you join the SameSide Community, you get:
If you haven't already, join the SameSide Community for more ways to collectively nourish and flourish your activist soul.
Your first month is free!