Plan to Thrive is a collaborative blog project to encourage and support the health and wellbeing of people and groups engaged in working for social and ecological justice.
Personal ‘traps’ that contribute to activist burnout

Personal ‘traps’ that contribute to activist burnout

In a recent article Tony Mohr talked about 'cognitive errors' campaigners can make. This post from PTT co-convenor Holly Hammond explores some of these errors, or 'traps' that contribute to activist burnout. Read through this list and see if you might need to adjust...

Art, Anxiety and Activism

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...

Climate campaign failure and mental health

Climate campaign failure and mental health

Campaigners addressing the greatest threat to 'the future of all living things on the planet' can experience big impacts on their hearts and minds. Tony Mohr shares his story and insights about sustaining activism.  Lately there’s been a little talk and even some...

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Sunny Drake contributes to our series on alcohol use with a post about creating spaces during celebration events to support drinkers and sober folk alike. This post focuses on Pride month in Toronto, since the warm season is now coming up for Southern Hemisphere there...

Burnout: Experiences & Advice

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...

An alcohol-free 9 months

An alcohol-free 9 months

Erin Farley shares her story about enjoying alcohol and then having a break during pregnancy, with particular reflections on the role alcohol plays in workplace socialising. This is the fourth post on our series on alcohol and activism - more stories welcome! I really...

Sustaining ourselves as activists

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...

What can’t go on forever, won’t

What can’t go on forever, won’t

Drinking and the Left Ben Courtice shares his personal story about activism, drinking, and stopping drinking - and his observations of the cultures that contribute to unhealthy relationships with alcohol. This is the third article in our series on alcohol in activist...

Privileges and problematics of sobriety

The second in our series on alcohol and activism is a piece on the social positionality and wider power-dynamics of sobriety. We welcome all kinds of feedback on the ideas presented in this series, so please feel free to share your own story or thoughts in the...

Impacts of activism on health and wellbeing

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...

Sobriety and Capitalism

Sobriety and Capitalism

Plan to Thrive is publishing a series of blog posts on alcohol use in activist spaces, and we welcome your input! This first post was originally published in 'Another Sober Zine' and is a personal refection of experiencing drinking cultures, particularly within the...

What motivates us to engage in activism

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...

Grassroots organising for safety

Grassroots organising for safety

Community research project Experiences of violence not only impact on wellbeing but present a significant barrier to communities being spaces where people can feel safe enough to fully participate in and lead social change movements. Lauren Caulfield is conducting...

Day in Nature

Day in Nature

Onur Ekinci explains how a Day in Nature helps you and the community to thrive. US journalist and author Richard Louv described in the Guardian 10 reasons why we need more contact with nature. Below is just the list: The more high-tech our lives become, the more...

Activist Stories: Natalie

Natalie Lowrey shared her story with Plan to Thrive through the Activist Health and Wellbeing Survey. Thanks Nat! More stories to come.  Can you tell us a little bit about the kind of activism you have been involved in? Over the past 13 years my activism has...