Self Care Toolkit For Your Spiral

A roundup centering black women and then other people of color

Gonna cut to the chase: cue endless screaming. Anyway, I wrote this list mostly for my friends who are spiraling, but it is something I hope you - also hopefully my friends - finds useful, too. You are already inundated with news and terror. I hope this offers you some resources on finding space to breathe, room to sit with your feelings, as myriad and overwhelming and exhausting as they may be, and offers you some time to recover so you can get back to doing the work. This is the a long haul fight, it always has been.

First, a resolution from June Jordan to set the mood…….

Physicality

Tinctures and Holistic Remedies

  • Yves and other holistic healers are doing a herbal medicine drive. You can donate to help send tinctures TO folks right now. Free tinctures are for black people right now - as allies you can get your own directly through the webshop which helps support the creation, too. Personally, I’m a big fan of 69herbs and have been taking drops of Coat My Nerves nightly. It’s still in stock!

  • The People’s Medicine Project is a great option if you’re looking to contribute on a recurring, long-term sustainability centered basis. From the website: “Anything you can give will go directly towards the People’s Medicine Reclamation Project, our scholarship fund for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to access the offerings of Rootwork Herbals including herbal medicine, individual consultations, and educational opportunities such as the People’s Medicine School. Funds collected above what is needed for scholarship will go towards the creation of a BIPOC land trust that will house the People’s Medicine School, learning gardens, teaching apothecary and a safe space for healing.”

  • If you’re planning on going out for protests and are more inclined to assist as a medic, here is The Herbalist Street Medic guide. It’s also just a good guide so you understand the ingredients in tinctures you might be buying.

Mental Health Resources That Center Black People and other POC

Education

  • I’m actually not going to offer a reading list right now because we are being inunandated with them and they are overwhelming and honestly? We’re well past the time for them. I do think that it’s worth everyone’s time to do this Reflections workbook.

progressiveresistance:
“ The most important exercise you’ll do all day.
”

And remember…

inthemoodtodissolveinthesky:
“ Louise Bourgeois, To Unravel a Torment You Must Begin Somewhere, no. 8 of 9, from the series What is the Shape of this Problem?, 1999
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Louise Bourgeois, To Unravel a Torment You Must Begin Somewhere, no. 8 of 9, from the series What is the Shape of this Problem?, 1999

Please remember to breathe and drink some water. You are capable of helping, you are capable of learning, and growing, and holding space for the people you love. You are capable of making a difference, even as it takes everything to do. But you cannot do it all at once, forever, endlessly. Remember to breathe, manage your emotional tank, and get rest. OK? And then keep going. And then repeat.

Much love.

Arabelle