Dealing With Cyberviolence? Here are 5 Self-Care Tips.
February 18, 2016
Violence, whether online or offline, is never your fault and never okay. If you experience cyberviolence, know you are not alone. Here are some tips that might make you feel better – and that you can add to your “safety toolkit”!
1. Brighten up your internet experience! Sign up for daily self-care reminder emails or other positive online content that you can get for free. Feel free to block and unfollow people whose online behaviour makes you feel unsafe or unhappy. Trust your gut.
2. Treat yourself. If you’ve experienced cyberviolence, it’s important to remind yourself that you did not deserve the violence and that your life matters. One way to do this is to pick your favourite food, movie, craft, music, sport, art, or spiritual/meditation practice and treat yourself to some quality time focused on that wonderful thing.
3. Take care of yourself. Sometimes when we have experienced cyberviolence, it feels like we have been sucked into a vortex. At this time, taking deep breaths, eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep can help us cope with the stress and get back into our bodies. When you’re online, try to notice what your heartbeat, stomach, and breathing is like – these can help us know when we’re getting stressed out and need to take a self-care break.
4. Take a break. There are many ways to take a break and you will know what works best for you. Here are some things that have worked for us. Get some fresh air or take deep breaths. Drink a glass of cold water. Put on your favourite music and dance! Write in a journal, write poetry, or draw. Go for a walk or touch your toes and stretch. Talk to friends or people you trust. Imagine future plans that excite you or inspire you.
5. Take action alongside others. Sometimes it can feel good to shape the changes we want to see happen online and help others who have gone through similar things. Get involved in online communities that work to end cyberviolence, like #TakeBacktheTech. You are not alone.
By: Sidrah, femifesto Writer and Researcher