Over a year ago, volunteers everywhere had to adjust to new virtual ways of taking action because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With more online opportunities came Zoom fatigue and additional mental health challenges. It is easy to feel stressed out by our current realities. This is a reminder of the importance of self-care as a volunteer advocate year-round. Please make time to reset and take great care of yourself.
Can you relate to this feeling?
Working towards ending poverty is a wonderful endeavour you are happy to dedicate time to, but recently even small tasks could feel like too much. You may feel guilty about that - what a privilege to be sitting in Canada feeling overwhelmed. Somehow, that guilt makes it even harder to reply to emails, attend meetings, and take action. Is this what they call compassion fatigue? Maybe burnout?
It could be - it is certainly a sign that you need to reassess whether you are taking good enough care of yourself. By focusing on others and current events, you may have forgotten about your own wellbeing.
Keep in mind that the key to standing in solidarity with those experiencing extreme poverty is being part of a long term collective goal - it means committing for the long-haul. To ensure that you are able to continue passionately contributing to the goal, it is important to prioritize your wellbeing.
Next time you find yourself overwhelmed, try:
Remember, above all, you are a better advocate when you take care of yourself! We truly appreciate the impact you make as a volunteer and want you to feel great doing it. Make sure you reach out to your group leader or staff if you ever need support.