There's no denying that the globe has its problems. From environmental injustices to inhumane treatment of laborers in every nation imaginable, you may find that certain issues stand out and leave you with a sense of duty.
However, taking on the world's problems as your own to solve can be an awfully troubling tactic. By managing your outreach in healthy ways, you can avoid activist burnout so as to make a difference in the world around you for as long as you live.
Activist burnout is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion in people who choose to spend their lives making a difference in the world around them. It manifests in unique ways for everyone, with common side effects being anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, physical illness and a lack of motivation to endure further activism.
This type of burnout tends to accompany those who fill their platters high, forgetting to pace themselves and instead surrounding themselves with continually stressful activities and environments.
Perhaps most importantly, this burnout affects people who only want to do good, and feel a strong desire to do so day in and day out.
If you're someone who intrinsically wants to make the world a better place, the team at GGL doesn't blame you. In fact, we're the same way, and as far as burnout is concerned, we've been there and done that. We want to share with you some things that we've learned along the activism road. Hopefully, by sharing our own experiences, we'll keep someone off the burnout ledge.
While it may seem counterproductive, prioritizing your health and wellbeing is extremely important in preventing activist burnout. Make sure you're giving yourself enough free time to do the other things you love (say, indulging in a fiction novel or going to the cinema with your pal). Moreover, give yourself a chance to catch up on sleep, practice yoga and cook yourself a lovely meal.
Think about it; if you're not at your best, how can you expect yourself to better the world around you?
You can't be a champion of the environment or marginalized communities without having a team of supporters at your back. Otherwise, you're just giving all you've got without getting anything else in return. Be sure you're surrounding yourself with a community that loves and cares about you (this can be fellow activists or simply your family and friends). That way, you can feel just as propelled and supported as the world you choose to lift up.
It's great to look at the big picture to remind yourself of your own ideal. However, there is no real end game in activism, so don't forget to celebrate the little wins along the way. Did you help a person gain employment? Have you cleaned up a park? These things matter just as much as the grand scheme, so don't discount their effects.
Believe it or not, you don't have to do everything in order to make a difference. Rather than filling up your calendar with loads of duties that you can only give bits of yourself to, you may find it beneficial (for your productivity and your morale alike) to focus on just a couple of gigs. That way, you can give your all to them, perhaps making even more of a difference than you thought imaginable.
Let's be real here. Not every maneuver in your activist journey will go as planned. In fact, not every maneuver in your life will go as planned. Really, it's best to take the bad with the good, accept the things you cannot change and move forward with hopeful determination regardless of it all.
In times of distress and activist burnout, it can be difficult to remember why you started partaking in activism in the first place. Every now and then, take some time to step back from your projects and purpose. That way, you can get a fresh perspective and remember exactly why you started your life's work in the first place.
At GGL, we realize that life isn't fair. That's why we put so much of our time and effort into the fair trade industry. We believe that protecting the rights of marginalized workers and changing the consumer world bit by bit is our calling for making the world a better place. What's your calling?
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As if the “Who am I “ question wasn’t enough, I sometimes, oftentimes am compelled to truly consider what Global Groove Life is. Over the years, I’ve examined our motives, especially when folks ask us questions about the GGL “brand”. I’ve never thought of us as a brand, I’ve always thought of us as a team. Our family, volunteers, artisans, loyal patrons; Team GGL.
Before you Order your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I measure my ball?
We urge you to double and triple check the size of your ball before you order! Do NOT trust the ball package. Measure it, please. It is quite common for folks to not inflate their ball to the specified size and since we often design in small-batches, we don’t want you to miss out on your favorite design due to a time lapse postal delay due to mismeasurements!
45cm, 55cm, 65cm or 75cm is the height of the ball when correctly inflated but this is quite difficult to measure. A more accurate measurement is the circumference;
45cm ball (height); circumference = 56 inches (142.2 cm)
55cm ball (height); circumference = 68 inches (172.7 cm)
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75cm ball (height); circumference = 92 inches (233.6 cm)
This is the size the ball needs to be for our cover to fit correctly. All of our covers are checked to fit balls of the specifications above.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with the classic ball chair.
After you Receiver your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I get the best fit?
We now include instructions and a length of cord to make measuring your ball easier. Our covers are tailor-made to fit your ball snugly leaving no loose fabric.
Use the pre-cut string provided with your ball cover. The string should wrap around the circumference (the middle of the ball) snugly without any extra length for a correct fit.
To double check you have purchased the right size:
Our strings are cut to 68” for a 55cm ball, 80” for a 65cm ball and 92” for a 75cm ball.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with some ball chairs.
Now place the full circular piece of fabric at the top of your ball. This is the end WITHOUT the plug.
Wrap the cover around the ball gathering loose fabric towards the zip and then start closing the zip while continuing to smooth out loose folds of fabric towards the zip. When you get close to closing the zip completely, you may have some room to inflate your ball a little more for the most snug fit possible.
What are our covers made of?
All of our covers are 100% cotton and include a heavy weight YKK zip which wraps around 3/4 of the ball. This makes a close fit over a fully inflated ball possible.
Most of our covers are now made with non-stretch cotton but our cover pattern does allow for some give in the fabric. Our stretch cotton covers provide a little more flexibilty for inflation of your ball.
Who makes our covers?
Our covers are made by a co-op that we set up in Chom Thong, northern Thailand. Each ball cover includes a personal producer tag, giving you a short introduction to the face and personality behind the sewing machine : ).
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