We invite our queer people of color community members to join us!
Last season, we did A Night of QPOC Self Care here at allgo, and it was one of our most well received events, both in terms of turnout and feedback. One idea that came out of that evening was building physical “Self Care First Aid Kits” that could serve as small packets of solace in our physical lives.
Self Care First Aid Kits contain physical objects that serve as tools for coping with and soothing your emotions. We will be creating a box (or bag or any other container) and fill it with reminders, affirmations, trinkets, and comforting things.
allgo will be providing paper bags, various sizes of paper, markers, and other miscellaneous materials for all to use. We encourage you to bring a box or other container yourself, but if you don’t have anything readily available, the paper bags are good solutions. We also encourage you to bring items to fill your own toolbox that are personal or meaningful to you—as well as items or materials that could be shared with others! For example, you could bring a small trinket that reminds you of a favorite memory to put in your own box and/or some cute sticker sheets to share with everyone else for decorating their box.
For inspiration, here’s a review of various types of coping:
- Self Soothing — Comfort your senses (ex: something soft to touch, good music to hear, something yummy to taste, a smell you really like)
- Distractions — Take your mind away so you don’t get overwhelmed (ex: books, movies)
- Opposite Impulse — Balancing inputs by actively seeking something that fills an opposite emotion (ex: watching something funny, reading affirmations)
- Emotional Awareness — Identifying and externalizing your feelings (ex: journaling, art)
- Mindfulness — Accepting and validating your feelings (ex: meditation, relaxing, breathing exercises)
- Crisis Plan — Keep contact info for family, friends, hotlines easily accessible
Join us at allgo Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00pm to be a part of our conversation on how communication plays a vital role in personal, interpersonal, and community health.
Please share this event with any Austin QPOC who may be interested!
This event is one of many this year around promoting the well being and vitality of QPOC communities in Austin, TX. For more information about this and other events contact Israel Badilllo at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-473-2011. To sign up for our mailing list, send a simple message to Jae Lin at email@example.com