9 Ways to Channel Your Outrage for Good in a Trump World
How to thrive in the Age of Trump
On Tuesday, I wrote about how to get out of the cycle of rage in a Trump world. Below, you’ll find a few of our ideas for putting this advice into action every day. But how do you deal with it? How can we renew ourselves and thrive in the Age of Trump? I hope you’ll add your own by hitting “write a response” below or telling me on social media at @ariannahuff on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook:
1) As they say on airplanes, put your own oxygen mask on first. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
2) Take action. Once you’ve taken care of step one, you’ll be ready to put your outrage to work, and the list in my piece on how to get out of the cycle of outrage is a great place to start.
3) Remember that humor has always been a great way to find light in dark times. So seek out ways to laugh. There are, of course, the usual sources: Bill Maher, SNL (and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer!). But you can also lead the way, as did whoever thought of the fake vigils to honor the victims of the “Bowling Green Massacre” made up by Kellyanne Conway.
4) Get creative — as did those who started the viral hashtag #dresslikeawoman in response to Trump’s narrow (and antiquated) ideas of how women should dress in the White House.
5) Find your own Thrive Tribe — reach out to people, seek out encouragement and inspiration from friends and be there for those who need the same, including those most vulnerable to Trump’s decisions.
6) Don’t limit your reading to social media — read the Greats and surround yourself with their wisdom. Here are two of my favorite quotes that I’m keeping by my bed right now: “Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. The impediment to action advances actions, what stands in the way becomes the way.” That’s from Marcus Aurelius. The other is from Albert Schweitzer: “One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”
7) Unplug. Calendar time in your day when you choose to separate yourself from your devices, from the news, from social media.
8) Breathe. Seriously. It’s good for your brain.
9) Trust: As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Remember: truth and justice ultimately always win.