Maybe you don't want someone to tell you want to do or give you advice when you're feeling down and what you really want is just somewhere to vent and people to empathize with. And that's fine! It's important to have a place to do that. In fact, it's important that you take care of your own health (including mental health), before you do anything else. But if I could add some unsolicited advice: one thing you may also begin realizing is that getting deeply angry or saddened over these issues (even if it's an appropriate response), doesn't necessarily help change them. It may be a starting point for some people (like yourself), but it alone won't address the situation. If you find yourself slipping into anxiety or depression over this issue, you should speak to a doctor or psychiatrist, or at the very least, realize that some action or perspective you're taking may not be helpful to you. Now, I'm not just saying this to scold or to push you for having a moment for yourself. I'm also saying it, because taking action does something to fix the emotional fallout some experience, *too*. It gives you a sense of purpose and agency over the problem. If you feel like it doesn't make sense, you can say to the world "You know what? This doesn't make sense! None of it! And I'm not going to pretend it does, because I know better now, and I wish I had known sooner.", and work to stop it from continuing to happen unchallenged for others in the future. There are many forms of activism, small and large, subtle or outspoken, that you can try if you want to, and if you have the right mindset (don't get caught up in expecting immediate results or praise from anyone, always keep in the back of your mind that you're doing what you're doing for the animals, and it can help you persevere through a lot) they can indirectly help you overcome feelings of helplessness or confusion, because you'll know that you're doing something about it, slowly chipping away at it in your own way.

November 19, 2017, 11:56 pm