Tag Archives: Helen Cox

Burnout: Experiences & Advice

The concluding questions of our ‘activist health and wellbeing survey’ focused on one of the biggest barriers to sustaining activism: burnout. This is the final post in this series. Defining burnout Burnout can be defined in a number of ways, activist-trauma.net uses this definition; Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused […]

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Sustaining ourselves as activists

The third post in our survey series covers all the nuggets of wisdom elicited in response to the question ‘what have you figured out about sustaining yourself as an activist’? We think there is something for everyone here, happy reading. As with other analyses, we have trawled through the responses to identify common themes as […]

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Impacts of activism on health and wellbeing

The second question in our survey was ‘how does your activism impact on your health and wellbeing’? Of the 151 responses to this particular question there were some definite trends, as well as a few outlying responses that are worth mentioning because they might tap into experiences and themes that are meaningful to the wider […]

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What motivates us to engage in activism

Activist Health and Wellbeing Survey Results We had almost 200 responses to our activism health and wellbeing survey! We’ll be releasing the results in a series of short posts on each question. This week: ‘what motivates you to engage in activism’? The answers around this question were surprising similar and also point to the common […]

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Activist retreats for resilient communities

It’s the time of the year when activists are grateful to be taking some time off for seasonal celebrations and family holidays. With the warmer weather in the Southern hemisphere, its also a perfect time to start organising an activist retreat for the people you care about- with a bit of forward thinking and planning, […]

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Community care for neighbourhood action

All over Australia, local communities are acting to protect their homes, livelihoods and neighbourhoods from environmentally disastrous infrastructure projects and development. From organising neighbourhood meetings to participating in non-violent direct actions like pickets or machinery lock-ons, fighting for the right to have a say in the decisions that directly affect our lives can be an […]

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Got the winter blues?

Mid way through winter even dynamo-activists can feel a bit sluggish at times. Getting out of bed in the morning becomes a challenge, we tend to consume carbohydrates more frequently, and our mood and general outlook can be as bleak as the weather. The urge to hibernate and give up might not just be about […]

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Activist Stories: Doing It Ourselves

Recently, Helen Cox spent a weekend with an energetic group of community organisers from Doing It Ourselves at Commonground, an intentional community and social enterprise located in the country of the Taungurung people (Seymour, north of Melbourne). Doing It Ourselves, along with many other community groups, frequently use this wonderful space as a retreat and […]

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Demystifying Panic

  Helen Cox shares tips for managing panic attacks. Sometimes in life, and most definitely in campaigning and social activism, things can get a little bit hectic and stress can creep in where its is most definitely not needed! For some people, symptoms of stress can appear very quickly and quite unexpectedly in the form […]

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Activist Stories: Shasha

  Helen Cox interviews Shasha Ali, women’s rights activist and advocate for communities of colour. The world is a mess and we need to keep ourselves sane, sharp and put in more effort in loving our bodies and selves to keep doing what we do. Perhaps you could talk a bit about the kind of […]

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