Talking about abortion rights and reproductive justice can be super draining. For some of us, the themes and topics that we will explore in this class will be triggering, remind us of things that overwhelm us with emotions.
For others, the class content will be totally new and shocking. Our entire worlds might be turned upside down and we might become really frustrated and angry.
It’s so important for us to recognize when we’re approaching our emotional limit. If we are to be able to continue learning about and working on issues of reproductive justice, we need to take care of ourselves and each other.
Here are some ideas of ways that you can take care of yourself throughout this class:
- Check ins!* Each class is going to begin with a check in. This is a time for you to think about how you’re actually doing, how you’re feeling. You can share with the group a line or two about how you’re feeling. The purpose of this is twofold: First, it’s a chance for you to check in with yourself; Second, it’s a chance for you to get a sense of how the rest of the group is feeling.
- Check outs!* Each class is going to end with a check out. This is a time for you to take a moment to think about how the class has impacted you. Maybe something we talked about reminded you of something upsetting; maybe you were SUPER excited about something AWESOME someone said. At this time, you can share these thoughts and feelings with the group.
- Chocolate! Or something else! We all have things that help us to comfort ourselves. Know what those things are for yourself!
- Contact me! I’m always happy to chat and take suggestions as a facilitator. Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
*You’ll never be pressured to share anything. I’m not a therapist or counsellor; this class is not a therapy group. If you feel like you need a more substantial outlet for any reason, I can help you to connect with some supports.