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21-DAY CHALLENGE© – #MOOREselfCARE

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Curated by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Seema G. Pothini, MN-NAME, and Marguerite Penick-Parks

©2014-2024 All Rights Reserved America & Moore, LLC

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is an act of political Warfare.”

– Audre Lorde

 

When white supremacy wears us down to the point of ineffectiveness, white supremacy wins. Because white supremacy thrives when we deny humanity, ours and others’, tending to our human needs is vital. And, using the oxygen mask on the airplane analogy, we can hardly care for our collective humanity if we don’t first pay attention to our own. Joy, positive energy, clarity, deep relationships, and resilience not only feel good, but they are powerful forms of resistance.

Though it can feel counterintuitive to take time for self-care when the world around us is in crisis and many of us have zero time for self-care, understanding and practicing self-care is not only “allowed,” it is required of us. Activism is a marathon, not a sprint. We hope the resources help you stay physically and spiritually nourished, so you can step up and stay in the intergenerational struggle for liberation.

HELP! I’M TOO BURNED OUT TO DO THIS PLAN!

Great that you’re noticing your own limitations.
For immediate relief, start with the TAKE A BREATH, NOTICE next, and then HEAL (BODY/MIND/SPIRIT) before continuing with the challenge.

TAKE A BREATH

Interactive Self Care Guide

You Feel Like Shit: An Interactive Self-Care Guide

 

Jace Harr

Silhoutte of beach umbrella and water at sunset

Guided Meditation for Activists

Jonathan Leighton

  • Are you experiencing activism burnout?

  • What are your signs of burnout?

  • What are your signs that your energy is coming back?

  • What brings you energy? What drains it?

  • What makes it hard for you to say no?

Suggested Reading:

Racism, whiteness, and burnout in antiracism movements: How white racial justice activists elevate burnout in racial justice activists of color in the United States

Paul Gorski & Noura Erakat

Notebook and Pen

32 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Care

Shine

HEAL:
BODY,
MIND, &
SPIRIT

Self-Care and Systemic Injustice

 

Nikkia Young, PhD

Decolonizing Therapy

Dr. Jennifer Mullan

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Re-Becoming Human

Sandra Kim

Rest for Resistance

QTPoC Mental Health

The Body Is Not an Apology: Radical Self-Love for Everybody and Every Body

Sonya Renee Taylor

READ

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Beginner's Guide to Self-Care For Activists

 

Your Dream Blog

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Tips for Self-Care as an Activist

 

(Trigger warning: Includes crying white woman photo)

 

Cassie King

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Self-Care

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POC Online Classroom

BuzzFeed

13 Self-Care Tips For Black People
Who Are Feeling Ove
rwhelmed Right Now

 

Hanifah Rahman

BuzzFeed Staff

READ BOOKS & GUIDES

Read the guides online. Where to find the books?

Check your local library. Borrow from a colleague, friend, or school. Or purchase from a local independent bookstore. You can also use these online options to source your selections.

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Book Riot link
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Indiebound link
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Click here to find Black-owned bookstores by state that have online shopping.

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The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

 

Sonya Renee Taylor   

In It for the Long Haul bookcover

In It For the Long Haul: Overcoming Burnout and Passion Fatigue as Social Justice Change Agent

 

Kathy Obear

My Grandmother's Hands bookcover

My Grandmother’s Hands

 

Resmaa Menakem

LISTEN

Access most where you listen to podcasts

Irresistible Podcast

Irresistible Podcast

(Formerly known as Healing Justice)

Omkari-Podcast

Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice

Omkari Williams

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Mental Health in Color Podcast

Dalanah Smith

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WATCH

QUICK WATCH

Wake Up With Mindful Activism

Awake Academy

(5 minutes)

The Missing Ingredient in Self Care

 

Portia Jackson-Preston

TEDxCrenshaw

(11 minutes)

ENGAGE & CONNECT

Explore these resources to engage and connect:

Melanin Base Camp for POC who Love, or Aspire to Love, Outdoor Adventure Sports


44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country


Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

(Offers free events/workshops, and other self-care resources)
 

The Trevor Project


• Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health


• LGBTQ Safety Guide: Protect Your Space and Well-being on Instagram
 

NOURISH BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES (BOBs)

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Supporting Black-owned businesses is not only a good thing economically, but it also celebrates and sustains Black culture.


• Black-owned businesses support 3.56 million jobs in the US (2022 Brookings Institute report)

• 46% of all Black entrepreneurs are women (2021 Guidant Financial report)

Buy Black: 20 Powerful Reasons to Support Black-Owned Businesses

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

The Money Coach

Find Anything Black-Owned

 

Official Black Wall Street

Find Black-Owned Restaurants

 

Eat Black Owned

Business Directory

Support Black Owned

100 Black-Owned Businesses to Support

Forbes

75+ Black-Owned Brands to Support Today and Every Day

In the Know

17+ Black-Owned Small Business Directories

US Chamber of Commerce

Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Shop Online

Madison Flager

Condé Nast Traveler

How to Support Black-Owned Businesses

Erica Sandberg

Bankrate

REFLECT & STAY INSPIRED

WHY REFLECT

Difficult emotions––such as shame and anger––though uncomfortable to feel, can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impacts you and the people in your life.

Reflecting and journaling enhances learning. By using a 21-Day Reflect tool each day, you discover how much you are actually understanding and making meaning. It helps you to transform your personal experience into a learning experience, and thus build your racial equity habits.

WAYS TO STAY INSPIRED

Disrupting white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression can be emotionally taxing and exhausting. You will need to fuel up to stay in the work. We offer ideas to explore through the link below.

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