How Not to Get Burnt Out Advocating for Animals
With such relentless cruelty happening all around us, it can be hard not to get burnt out when fighting to create a better world for animals.
Advocating for animals can be physically and emotionally challenging, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by anger, despair and exhaustion.
Here are 8 top tips that will keep you in your best form:
Celebrate The Little Victories
Rather than focus on the enormity of the cruelties we face, draw strength from the small wins that are taking place all around you every single day. Whether it’s one person deciding to go vegan or your co-worker asking your advice on dairy alternatives, hold onto these little victories and take comfort in them when you are feeling low.
Don’t forget to just laugh, have fun and enjoy life. You don’t need to feel guilt about switching off once in a while and doing things completely unrelated to activism; it may actually be the best thing for you and the animals.
Take Care Of Yourself
Taking care of your body can do wonders for your emotional health. Exercise in any form has been proven to combat feelings of depression as well as boost your brain’s production of feel good endorphins. Running, walking the dog, hiking in the woods, or even yoga in the park are all great ways to help you relax and relieve tension. It also goes without saying that eating healthy (more fresh fruit and veggies!) and getting a good night’s sleep will prove crucial to your overall health as well.
Surround Yourself With Supportive People
Surrounding yourself with like-minded activists who you can call on for support is key to avoiding burnout. Being around people who share your passions can help to build up your morale and provide a much needed sense of community. There are endless communities of people who care about animals all around you both on and offline, so there is no excuse for allowing yourself to become isolated.
Activism comes in all shapes and forms and one of my favorite ideas when feeling down is to give thanks to others for the great work they are doing. From writing a note to your local coffee shop for stocking vegan brownies to leaving a comment on a heartwarming blog, letting others know you are thankful not only makes them feel appreciated but it also helps to build your own confidence.
Visit An Animal Sanctuary
Nothing beats the blues like a trip to your local farm animal sanctuary. Watching a rescued pig gleefully rolling in the mud or lamb happily skipping in a field is deeply healing, and one of the best ways to re-energize and re-invigorate you. Seeing these animals in a loving environment and acknowledging that you are helping to contribute to their happiness is enough to turn anyone’s mood around.
Focus on The Positive
There is so much goodness and hope in the world and it’s important for us to focus our energy on this, as well as the bad. Try liking and following more animal sanctuaries and pages that share positive animal stories to bring balance to your newsfeed and inbox, and help counteract the negative stuff.
Keep fighting the good fight and remember you are not alone in your efforts. Do the best you can do and don’t forget to look after yourself in the process.
Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals