A post from Camillea Johnson (they/them), Consortium’s Racial Justice Engagement Officer.
The Team at Consortium recognise that this can be a difficult time as we are fast approaching the festive period and New Year! Due to this, we want people to know that you are not alone. Take good care of yourself during these times. We recognise that it may not be easy for some to experience, especially if surrounded by homophobic or transphobic family members/housemates. It can be equally challenging during these unprecedented times with Coronavirus. However, where possible, please take the time out to ensure your mental health and wellbeing needs are being met.
Below are some thoughts on self-care written by our Equity Fund Project Officer, Leyla Helvaci (she/ her):
Festive Period Self-Care Tips
December can be a great time to relax and reflect on the past year, but it can also be an upsetting time for some. The last year has been incredibly difficult, so we have collected some self-care tips that may be helpful when you need to take a moment for yourself.
Self-care is an excellent way to support and improve your wellbeing. Still, we recognise that it may not work for everyone and is incredibly personal. You know yourself best and whatever you do to take care of yourself and feel safe or get through tough times is enough.
- Putting your needs first- whatever they look like, prioritise yourself. This could include taking regular breaks away from family or choosing to remove yourself from uncomfortable/ unsafe situations.
- Getting fresh air- going outside or just opening a nearby window. A change in environment and temperature can be refreshing.
- Collective care – lean on your communities for support and help each other. Meet up or do a group call for a quiz or maybe do a pet show and tell!
Links and resources:
Young trans man shares simple but effective Christmas self-care tips (pinknews.co.uk)
LGBT Foundation – An LGBTQ+ Guide to Surviving Christmas Alone
LGBTQ+ Christmas/Holidays Self Care Survival Guide – YouTube
Holiday Self-Care Tips for LGBTQ Youth – The Trevor Project
The Consortium team wish you all a safe and prosperous festive holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year, 2022!