It's been a pretty difficult time since the inauguration. OK, it's been really difficult time. And if you're feeling hopeless right now, I get it. Waking up and seeing that Trump is doing everything he can to repeal Obamacare, hurt women's health around the globe, condone torture, and even ban refugees from entering the country can just be mind-numbingly upsetting. It can feel like there's so much bad happening, what difference can you possibly make? But you can, so it's important to try to stay positive and take of yourself. Or at the very least, stay active.
"Remind yourself this is not a doomsday situation," Ken Yeager, Director of the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells Bustle. "Remember the president is one part of a very large and complex political system of checks and balances. Not all of the doom and gloom is likely to happen."
It's a fine balance between recognizing and acknowledging all the damage that's being done, without giving into that feeling of hopelessness. A lot of it just comes down to taking care of yourself. Keeping yourself positive and strong is the best way to resist and to fight. You need to keep the hopelessness at bay to be effective and make a change. Here's how you can do it: