Feeling…Furious? 11 Ways to Channel Anger Into Productive Things

20 Aug

It’s safe to say we’re all feeling a little furious on occasion these days, for whatever reason.

Politics is only one reason we get “up in arms.” So whatever your particular reason is for feeling anxious and wanting to make a change, here are some useful and productive outlets to channel the fury.

Volunteer – Any charity would love to have your passion! Find a local place to spend some time helping at Volunteer Match.

Write – Express your ideas (kindly, please) by sharing them. Beyond Facebook and Twitter, try writing an article on LinkedIn or blogging.

Learn – The world is your oyster! Most universities now have Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) so you can learn almost anything from university professors, for free. Say yes to History!

HelpRandom Acts of Kindness are proven to make you feel better. Try helping a stranger today!

Plan – Whatever amazing things you’ve been wanting to do, start doing it! Plan the first step. Action makes everything better.

Protest/ Counter-Protest – Google your interest and where and when people are joining the cause. Everyone makes a difference!

Advocate – Even sharing a post on Facebook or Twitter can go a long way, when many people act together. Share your passion with others! It only takes one person to inspire another person.

Harness Energy – If you know people who might feel like you do, ask them to join in your efforts, whatever they may be. Passionate people draw other passionate people. Before you know it, you’ll have a passionate crowd!

Move – Walk, hike, run, kick-box, bike, etc. Get outside (or inside.) But get into The Zone. Whether you like total silence or LOUD music when you want to think, go there. Get space. Space lets your brain create new things, unobstructed.

Listen – Ask other people, ones who agree, and ones who disagree, for their views, and listen.

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. – Dalai Lama

Network – Find a community of people who care as much about your passion as you do on Meetup or another site. Be careful not to “shout into the wind” and only listen to the same views, but being among other passionate people discussing things and venting can be cathartic.

These may not be easy times, but they can certainly be growth times!

Please share your ideas and thoughts in the comments.  Thanks for being passionate!

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