Self Care For Bi People: Election Edition

Let’s daydream for a moment. Maybe this election season has all just been a movie on an epic scale. The entirety of this negativity is just the product of some pink slime bubbling under the country like a Ghostbusters movie. There’s no need to worry, after all–Lady Liberty is on her way, bringing Peter Venkman and Jillian Holtzmann to vanquish all that ails our city.

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Ghostbusters’ Jillian Holtzmann’s infamous proton gun lick.

This election season has been a trying one. Our basic rights as humans, as queer people, as members of every community of these United States have been up for discussion, as if humanity is a debatable issue. It is scary and stressful. So whenever you can, take the care you need. This week, you might need a little more.

Self Care for Bi People

Check out bi.org’s Self Care for Bi People: Taking the Care You Need. Topics include connecting on social media, creative outlets, and a list of community resources.

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The five emotions from the animated movie Inside Out.

Rediscover Familiar Comfort

This is the week to break out your kid’s favorite movie, or your favorite movie from when you were a kid. That (non-political) show you love that’s in its seventh season? Start it over from the beginning and explore the world you’ve grown to treasure all over again. Dust off those cassette tapes and CD’s and let’s see how many of us remember all the lyrics to What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Find a New Favorite

Bi.org has you covered with this list of Our Favorite Bi Characters You Can Stream Right Now. You can also dive into queer Youtube with Her Story, about “the dating lives of trans & queer women”, Just Between Us for original sketches, or The Feels, which “catches moments in the life of Charlie, a bisexual guy who’s got way too many feelings.” Have a listen to Reality Bytes, a podcast from out bi actor Stephanie Beatriz and author Courtney Kocak. This week they have Queering Disability writer Carrie Wade on to talk Staying Positive in a Contentious Political Climate.

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Deep blue landscape of Dear Esther’s hills and valleys at night.

Get Lost In Another World

Check out this list of some of the most relaxing PC games, including the haunting, story focused Dear Esther and the endless galaxies of No Man’s Sky. This is also the perfect opportunity to break out your old Super Nintendo and challenge someone to a Mario Kart tournament. Mobile? Here’s twelve calming, downloadable games that just might be the perfect distraction. And that queer lit you’ve been meaning to pick up? Now’s the time to dive under a blanket and dig into Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods.

Break This Glass For Emergency Animal Videos

Guy dresses up as dog’s favorite toy

Best Moments from Animal Planet’s Too Cute

15 Unusual Animal Friendships That Will Melt Your Heart

Esther the Wonder Pig Instagram (hat tip to Rebelwheels NYC)

This election week, remember: check in with yourself, be kind to yourself, and most importantly: take care.

 

11/12/16

Post election update: It’s ok to not be ok. If you need to talk to someone, call:
The Trevor Project (LGBT Youth): 1-866-488-7386
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
SB Swartz
SB Swartz is an author covering inclusive wellness, lgbt family, and reflections of our world as seen on tv. She’s a proud member of the #StillBisexual campaign, working to dispel the myth that bisexuals don't stay bisexual. Her home is filled with Battlestar Galactica posters, her husband, and their troublemaking cats. She adores them all.

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