We have limited time, energy, and resources. Do what you can with what you have, maintaining the social support, hobbies, and self-care that replenish you and move you forward.
A coping bank is your go-to list of activities and behaviors that give you a sense of fulfillment, relief, and replenishment when you’re feeling burnout from all the activism and art making.
It can be very simple, like a list on your computer or phone, or more creative, like a jar full of ideas that you can literally draw from.
Fill your coping bank with things that you’ve tried and that have worked, and things that you haven’t tried yet that might work. Sometimes we need to switch up our responses, so don’t get discouraged if usually taking a long hike rejuvenates you, and today it doesn’t. Be prepared to experiment and have some fun trying different, new things.
I’m sharing my personal coping bank as an open source format. feel free to steal, borrow, create your own and use it whenever you need it in your personal or working life. the idea comes from this website and I used it to create my own burn-out jar as a part of my artistic practice.