With all the ongoing debates, media coverage and online chatter around repealing or retaining section 377A of the Penal Code, some of us may be feeling overwhelmed. Here are some tips for our community.
ACKNOWLEDGE OUR FEELINGS
It’s OK to acknowledge that the current debate on repealing 377A is making us have many distressing feelings: anger, frustration, disappointment, fear, worry.
We can acknowledge our negative feelings and talk about them.
BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER
Do look out for each other, and ask how your LGBTQ friends, allies, family members and others are doing. Young people and those who are socially isolated may be more vulnerable.
We can be there for each other for support.
CLEAR OUR THOUGHTS
When we’re feeling upset, our thoughts can become affected. Be aware of this, and find other thoughts that you’re more comfortable and familiar with.
We can change our thoughts to help us feel better.
DISENGAGE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
When it all gets too much, switch off for a while. Or carefully curate your social media feed by selectively blocking certain pages or unfriending people.
We can decide the type of social media information we access.
ENGAGE IN FUN ACTIVITIES
Negative emotions can leave us feeling drained and exhausted. Do something fun or creative to perk up. Read a book you like. Watch a favourite movie. Listen to happy music. Exercise.
We can choose what we do with our time.
FOLLOW OUR USUAL ROUTINES
Remember those regular routines that make up our daily lives – going to school, turning up for work, being with family, going out with friends, paying the bills, exercising, eating regular meals, staying hydrated.
We can continue doing things that are still important in our lives.
There may be times when it all gets too much, and we need someone to turn to. Remember you are not alone. There is community support out there, connect with us.
We can get support when we need it.
HOPE & RESILIENCE
We have been through this before, and we can get through this again.
We can do this.