Real talk: taking to the streets is not ideal for someone with severe anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues. It can be hard to deal with the overwhelming scene of, say, a 10,000-person protest when you’re too afraid to leave the house.
But just because you’re dealing with something doesn’t mean you can’t contribute in equally meaningful ways. Below, a few ideas on how to protest from home.
1. Find A Community Online
Now, more than ever, it’s easy to find your people online. Facebook groups, subreddits, and more are all readily at your fingertips. Once you find like-minded people, you can find little ways to support their efforts, even if it means helping to spread the word about something they’re organizing.
2. Help Educate the Public
Right now there is a ton of false information circulating so a big way you can help is by setting the record straight. Do some research and then figure out how to best educate others using your own talents: that can be through art, writing, social media, or any other way you can think of.
3. Contribute Supplies
A lot of organizations don’t just need money, they also need supplies. When Hurricane Harvey hit, we collected tampons and pads to send to victims, which, luckily, we already had on hand.
4. Reach Out and Ask How You Can Help Someone Else
Can’t make it to the phone bank or to go out canvassing? Organizations have other ways you can help. Try asking if there’s anything you can do on your own, like printing out materials and mailing them from the safety of your own home.
5. Sign Up for an Absentee Ballot
Can’t make it to the polling station? You can now very easily apply for an absentee ballot online and they will send you your ballot via mail. Because what’s the point of protesting if you don’t actually go out (or stay in) to vote? Learn more about absentee and early voting here: https://www.usa.gov/absentee-voting.
6. Take Care of Yourself
You’re literally of no use to anyone if you don’t take care of yourself first. Reminder: self-care isn’t selfish.
Ready to get started? Below is the contact information for a few of our favorite organizations.
123 William Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York NY 10004
National Organization for Women
1100 H Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-3278
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.