Seasonal Survival Guide
Sometimes holiday season is the worst time of the year for a lot of young LGBTQIA+ folks. From being forced to spend time with toxic family members, to not even having access to a safe space to eat a nice wholesome meal. It is an ugly reality that should not be the case, but until that day comes where our very identities aren't considered a "threat to society", we must remember to take care.
We are valid. We are important. We are worthy of love, care AND affection! Our very beings are considered a form of resistance, and so we must take the time to be selfish and care for ourselves. Self love can sometimes be difficult to allow, but small steps at a time are effective in knowing just how much we're really worth.
It is important to care for all aspects of our beautiful bodies. Using a pumice stone can get rid of dead skin as well as smoothen calluses, top that off with a foot massage and you can relieve tension/pain in more places than one. Thanks to reflexology, applying pressure to certain parts of your feet like your heels can help with your lower back. Something as mindless as stretching daily for not even up to 10 minutes can make a noticeable difference in just a week. To ensure it is not overwhelming we've found a great place to start and you don't need any fancy equipment either. Just some time during the day and a doorway! Journaling has been deemed a type of therapy by the University of Rochester's Medical Center. One of the best ways to deal with overwhelming emotions is to express them via creative outlet. There's nothing better than turning your struggles into art whilst simultaneously being able to identify what's causing your stress or anxiety.
The list could go on and on, however some of these activities are just fun ways to pass the time and use up some of your productive energies. It's okay to not be okay, and you do not have to pretend to be. Just always remember that nothing is more celebrated than a baby's first steps.
Important Numbers to pass around:
Crisis Connection:- 612-379-6363
Trevor helpline (Phone Call, LGBT+ Suicide Prevention, All Day, Every Day):- 1-866-488-7386
-Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:-
Check our Queersource zine for more local resources available to us. Everything from food to walk-in counseling