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How to build a resilient culture of resistance in hard times

US activist and educator Daniel Hunter shares important tips for sustaining ourselves and our movements in the face of challenging times. Many of our responses to Trump have us caught in a whirlwind that goes like this: Trump does awful thing, we spring into defense, emotional turmoil ensues, and repeat. It’s our own rinse-wash-repeat cycle. […]

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Trumped up feelings

The US election result has got some of us experiencing the full gamut of emotions. Here are some resources to help us work through them in ways that pay respect to body and soul. Sketch by Joshua Kahn Russell, US campaigner and activist educator, on the morning after the election. Joshua wrote: ‘One way I […]

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Responding to the Tragedy in Orlando

These valuable and timely tips have been made available by Dr Glenda Russell, a psychologist who has been doing research on the effects of stigma on individuals and communities – and how to survive it – for about 20 years. Please share them widely. What took place in Orlando on the morning of June 12 […]

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Election Survival Tips

Australia is heading in to an epic three month long election campaign. Elections, like any high intensity campaign time, can place individual campaigners under a lot of stress and pressure. Look after yourself this election season. Here’s some reminders that might come in handy…   Connect to your motivations What motivates you to campaign on […]

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Organise Yourself Healthy

Are you embarking on 2016 with goals relating to your health and wellbeing? A lot of people are, myself included! This article is offered in support of us achieving those goals. It turns out community organisers (and other change agents) have some excellent tools at their disposal to maximise the likelihood of making healthy goals […]

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DIY Wellness Salon

Healers and beauty therapists do a great job setting up intentional space for relaxation. If you can it’s great to access their services – but you can also bring some of that goodness home for low cost rejuvenation. Here’s some tips from Holly Hammond.  My niece spent the holidays with me and my partner and we […]

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Reviewing your activist year

It’s been a big year for Plan to Thrive – thanks for being part of it! Here’s some tips from Holly Hammond about end of year reflection. We’ll be doing some of our own, as we take a little break until the new year. As always, we wish you well.    The end of the year […]

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Travel well

Holly Hammond shares tips for healthy and lower-stress travel – and the value of staying on the ground for a while.  Some people love travel and get itchy feet if they’re grounded too long. Me, not so much. I’m a homebody – I tend to be at my most satisfied and healthy when I’m home in a […]

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What are you drinking?

Non-alcoholic options We’ve been exploring the connections between alcohol and activism, and a number of writers have shared their perspectives on drinking and sobriety. But when you decide to walk the sober path, or just cut down for a night, what are your beverage options? Liz Shield lays it out for us. What do you […]

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Art, Anxiety and Activism

Activism and anxiety are frequently associated. What can activists do to reduce feelings of worry and anxiety? Jessica Harwood shares some simple art therapy exercises for mindfulness, relaxation and anxiety management. Activists do not choose an easy life. It takes a special sort of person to look at all the issues that grate against our […]

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