I had been feeling a little guilty for not being online much over the past few days, especially since #WorldMentalHealthDay
happened over the weekend and I have always been vocal about being a pansexual woman living with OCD and depression, but my words don’t always flow quite as well as my anxiety-induced diarrhea, and sometimes I need to step away from the interwebs in order to be able to reconnect with myself and others.
Instagram can be a wonderful tool and platform to help us learn and find community, but you don’t *need* to be on it in order to contribute to positive change. There are so many ways beyond social media to do this! Read and/or listen to books and podcasts, watch a documentary, support 2SLGBTQQIA+ and BIPOC artists and academics, sign petitions, attend workshops, meetings, and marches, volunteer, show up, donate funds, reach out to (and have difficult conversations with) friends and family. Remind someone hurting that you love them.
We can all engage with platforms and important causes in different, but equally meaningful, ways. You’re not a “bad” person if you’re not constantly scrolling, replying, posting, and commenting, or if you need to log off and recharge for a minute. Sometimes it’s necessary to disconnect in order to reconnect. It’s important to take care of ourselves so that we can better take care of, educate, and inspire each other. 🖤