5 Ways to Fight Activist Fatigue in Trump’s America

How are you resisting injustice†this week? Maybe you’re doubling down against racism in the wake of the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Or continuing to push for equitable†health care access or LGBT rights.

No matter your personal cause, pushing for change can be exhausting — especially in Trump’s America. Here’s how to make sure you don’t†run out of steam when you’re fighting the good fight.

1. Go on a “news diet.”

Once a week — or however often you deem necessary — step away from the internet. And consider taking it even further by avoiding†the newspaper and talk radio.

As†Care2′s Steve Williams notes, taking time to recharge without constant reminders of our†unsettling†political climate is†essential. This includes ignoring social media, which can be a trap for time-wasting, ineffective arguments about current events.

2. Say no.

Focusing on one or two goals is†more effective than†trying to do everything. But when you’re active in your community, it can be†tempting to say yes a lot.

In Everyday Feminism, student-activist†Clarissa Brooks discusses†the importance of setting boundaries. She encourages those fighting for change to†set boundaries and communicate them to fellow activists. No one†should†feel compelled to lead all projects!

As Brooks†puts it, “‘No’ is a complete sentence.”

3. Keep up outside hobbies and careers.

Make sure your life isn’t just about activism.

Stepping out of that space to hike a trail, read a book or do something else can be reinvigorating. As with professional skier and climate†activist Caroline Gleich,†your other passions can even feed your love for a†cause.

4. Find your†support network.

Whether you turn to family, friends and/or a therapist for support, having someone in your court is relieving. You can turn to these individuals†when you need to vent frustrations, celebrate your successes or joke around.

If you don’t have those people in your life, find them. And if you’re lucky enough to already have them in your life, make an effort to stay in touch.

5. Take care of yourself.

Self-care is an old concept. But it can be challenging to actually put tips like these in practice.

“The systems we fight†want us†to work ourselves to death so that the work we do becomes unsustainable,” Brooks writes, “But, if we let this capitalist structure break us down then that means we have let the work consume us.

“The best thing we can do for ourselves is to recharge and realign ourselves so we can get back into our work more focused than ever.”

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Marie W
Marie W11 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a year ago

Avoiding the news isn't so easy when you're married to a Trump supporter who turns on the news at night...right when you want to go the hell to sleep!!!!

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Vincent T
Past Member about a year ago

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Paulo Rabout a year ago

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Paulo Rabout a year ago

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIEabout a year ago

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Very informative Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

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Chad Anderson
Chad Andersonabout a year ago

Thank you.

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