Iâ€™m struggling with this one right now.
Seriously, there are some things I am finding helpful, but they sound kind of twee.
Maybe they ARE twee?
1. I try to decide what I can actually DO to try, in my opinion, to make a difference. For me, this means supporting organisations that I think are helping. For, these include the US ACLU, because I see them as the most effective option to fight the worst of the current US governmentâ€™s attacks on human rights. I support a number of Australian organisations whose missions I support
Many of these are environmental
For world stuff, I support a micro finance organisation and, with my particular beliefs, this means I target women for loans.
I try to recognise that I canâ€™t change everything and I donâ€™t have the finances to give what I once could, but I do what I can.
You might consider doing something similar for whatever causes you feel to be most positive in your mind.
2. I remind myself that what we see in media does not reflect all that is happening. I seek out information about what is going ok. I take breaks from the news if I need to. Iâ€™m pretty old now, and while I recognise that this is a very scary time, I try to put the ebbs and flows of history into some proportion.
3 I try...and often fail..to live in a way that doesnâ€™t harm the planet. This is very much a work in progress.
4. I try to enjoy and be mindful of what is happening NOW. Iâ€™m terrible at mindfulness, but Iâ€™m working on it!
5. I am actively working on compassion. While being a hard headed agnostic, I have a weird feeling that compassion for self and others is somehow a good force in the world. Iâ€™m likely deluded, but I canâ€™t see that Iâ€™m doing any harm, at worst.
6 Iâ€™m increasing exercise and, having been forced recently into sudden retirement, I am actively seeking connection and trying to find ways in which I can use some of the unfamiliar the extra time in ways that put my beliefs into practice.
7. I try to have fun. Loving being able to swim a lot now, for instance.
I do hope this doesnâ€™t sound too pathetic!
Wishing you well.