First of all, know that you’re not alone. Whether you’re new to civic engagement or a long-time activist, you notice how much work it takes to digest the constant changes at every level of society and government. It’s a lot.
For that reason, it’s best to pause first before charging into further engagement. Instead, discern two things: what you want to do and how to take care of your own well being.
What to do and why: If you try to take on every issue, you’ll get diffuse results. Focus your priorities and goals by taking some time with our Action Planner worksheet to get clear.
How to sustain your commitment: If you try to do it all for too long, those diffuse results can cause cynicism and eventually burnout. For that reason, it’s essential to discern what will nourish you deeply. Using our Activism Self Care Plan will help you persevere.