Tiffany Mugo, a member of HolaAfrica, reminded us about the challenges of being in the online space:
She pointed at ho we often forget the pressures of the virtual world, to be great on social media, to be on the defense, to be slaying online because we have started seeing it as part of the natural order of socializing. “Being able to recharge means you are strong enough to fight another day (should that twitter troll come at you at some point),” she says.
We often face feelings of hope and despair in our work, and in order to continue staying motivated, we must realise the value of self-care, self-love and taking breaks. HolaAfrica has recognized this too and recently started doing a couple of self-care and mental health sessions, partnering with local organisations and encouraging them to create spaces for themselves where they can track their mental and emotional health:
We are inspired by HolaAfrica’s concrete steps towards incorporating self-care as part of their everyday activism and curriculum!
Do you have a self-care story to share? Inspire more people with it! Click here to contribute.
Have you registered your support for taking care of yourself? Click here to be part of an online flash mob on September 1, 2017.
Holaafrica is a pan-africanist queer womanist collective.
Their mission is to act as curators of the African woman’s sexual story and add to that narrative about sex and sexuality from an African queer women’s perspective. Much of their work revolves around the online space, and by extension, exposure to online abuse, trolling and cyberstalking.