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Self-care as a vegan activist

Elena Orde describes some key ways vegans can sustainably campaign for animals by avoiding activist burnout.

You may have heard of activist burnout, which occurs when the work of a social justice campaigner begins to negatively affect their health. Compassion fatigue describes a state of tension and preoccupation felt by those helping people or non-human animals in distress. Both conditions can be common in animal rights circles, and have similar symptoms, including feelings of emotional or physical exhaustion, frustration and/or hopelessness. Many of us who feel strongly about animal rights (AR) can recognise these sensations, whether we spend our time organising protests, writing impassioned letters or discussing AR issues with non-vegan friends. Sometimes it is simply an awareness of the issues that become enough of a burden to wear you down.

When I first began exploring veganism I felt a kind of duty to absorb as much information as I could. This meant discovering countless difficult truths, watching many disturbing documentaries and navigating through tricky conversations with friends and family. I didn’t know anyone else who shared my beliefs, and so I felt disconnected from the people around me as they didn’t realise how important these issues were to me. If you’re in a similar situation, don’t worry – there are steps you can take to do your best for animals and care for yourself at the same time.
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There is some very good advice here! I sometimes find seeing so much suffering hard to deal with and stepping back and taking a break for awhile can help you recharge so you can come back stronger.
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