Grow Exeter | Jun 14, 2019 | 0
Promoting Self-Care Post Kavanaugh
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
One story has been on the lips of news reporters, and citizens alike, in the UK and across the pond: Brett Kavanaugh. Every newsletter I have received over the past few weeks from leading media companies, both British and American, has been hampered with new reveals, commentary and tweets. In the wake of such an explosive and on-going news story (and of course the Supreme Court’s decision to appoint Kavanaugh), many have been left feeling angry and deflated.
It feels only right, therefore, to share a little self-care in this time of need. Men and women of the #MeToo movement have felt personally affected and victimised by the court’s ruling and even those with no personal connection to the case may have felt their tempers flare and their incredulity shoot off the scale when reading Kavanaugh’s testimony and President Trump’s endorsement of the candidate.
The latest stab, of course, comes from President Trump apologising on behalf of the nation for the “terrible pain and suffering that you have been forced to endure”. (Vice)
After reading these words, I definitely felt the need to practice Step One of Huffington Post’s ’12 Self-Care Tips’: deep breathing. I’m sure I’m not alone with that one. Steps two through twelve can be viewed below and for a full run-down to self-care post Kavanaugh, take a look at their article.
- Recognise your emotions and allow yourself to feel them.
- Take a social media breather.
- Limit your news consumption (no such luck in my job, but recommended all the same!)
- Empower yourself through action.
- Call your mum (or mom if you’re American).
- Recognise the potential for positive change.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Find a healthy distraction.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Call a sexual assault prevention hotline if you have been the victim of abuse, no matter how long ago: Women’s Aid , Survivors Trust and Survivors UK for male victims.
- Make an appointment with a mental health professional if this recent news coverage has triggered traumatic memories or you are finding it difficult to function.