“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, its it self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare” – Audre Lorde
Not only is it an act of political warfare, caring for ourselves is essential to ensure sustainable activism. Self-care takes on different forms and I am particularly vocal on the way setting boundaries is part of that. As activists and campaigners, our resilience and boundaries are constantly tested. It’s part of the job, but it also comes as a result of unreasonable requests and demands whether we’re called to act as counsellors for people who (tenuously) share similar experiences to us, or whether we are asked to cut ourselves wide open and share our personal stories.