As the new year begins, you may be thinking of making new year’s resolutions, which can be a daunting process. Here are ways you can build resiliency and community during 2016 so that you take care of yourself while making commitments or changes throughout 2016:
1. Take note of the good things happening in your life, daily. Instead of making new year’s resolutions, try making a “rememberlutions” jar or box. Whenever anything happens that makes you proud (or happy) in 2016, write it down and put it in the jar or box. It doesn’t matter how big or small the memory is; it just matters that you had it!
2. Write down what you hope to accomplish in your day, each morning. Whether it’s doing one assignment or volunteering with your favorite nonprofit, making a plan for your day-to-day can ease any anxiety about what’s to come throughout your week. If you’re having a hard day, it’s always nice to look at those goals at the end of your day and reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Even if you don’t accomplish much, having tasks to stay productive can be gratifying.
3. Start taking action in ways that better not only your health, but also the health of others. Create a self-care regimen and involve your friends. Have regular meet-ups to make art, write, hike, run, or exercise at a park. Doing fun activities in groups can help you feel less isolated.
4. Become an ally. Whether you identify as LGBTQIA, straight, cisgender, or some combination of any of the above, it’s important to show regular support for the LGBTQIA community at large. Being an ally for other races within the LGBTQIA community, as well as other identities, is a great way to build inclusivity and stay informed. It may also inspire you to become a leader and start your own LGBTQIA group, which can help you connect not only with others, but also to yourself!
5. Educate yourself regularly. There is always new information to learn about within the LGBTQIA community. Follow resources on social media so that you can be aware of what issues impact you, and how you can be a part of the community. Here are some resources you can follow:
- The Advocate, LGBTQ news outlet
- HRC, largest civil rights campaign for LGBTQ youth
- ACLU, preserves the civil rights of LGBTQ folks
- PFLAG, partnership of parents, allies, & youth working together for a brighter future
- Colage, national movement supporting parents and children in the LGBTQ community
- Advocates for Youth, advocates for sexual health
- Anti-Violence Project, supports safe environments for the LGBTQ community
- The Center, a welcoming community center for LGBTQ folks
- Lambda Legal, fights for LGBTQ rights
- Transgender Law Center, fights for transgender rights
- Audre Lorde Project, community organizing resource for people of color
- GLBT Near Me, provides local resources for the LGBTQ community
Whatever way you build resiliency in 2016, know that we are always here for you and we are a source of support 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. You can also find helpful resources at TrevorSpace.org, and thetrevorproject.org. Trevor is sending you strength this new year.