For some of us, our rights are literally at stake under the new administration: People are worried about rollbacks on LGBTQ issues, reproductive health, and immigration in no small ways. Concerns about the environment, taxes, and affordable healthcare are also significant talking points that can leave people feeling overwhelmed at best and helpless at worst.
In response to adversity, many people are taking a stand by participating in marches, engaging in open dialogues with those who disagree with them, writing about their thoughts and ideas, and so forth. While activism can make an incredible difference, it can also be incredibly draining, especially for people who are marginalized and dealing with multiple intersections of oppression, like people with disabilities, trans women of color, and so on.
Unpaid emotional labor is real, whether it's in person or online. That's why it's so important to remember to practice self-care on a regular basis, or seek out new forms of self-care when your old methods just aren't holding up.
Here's how to deal when it feels like the actions Trump has taken in just his first few days feel like a direct attack on your rights: