Today I am bringing you 21 tips for vegans who are tired of being angry.
It’s something that I believe each one of us needs to read and implement in our lives.
To be a better activist and a happier vegan, we need to lead lives that are peaceful and passionate but not filled with rage and hate. We need to reflect on our choices every day and see how we can be more joyful.
Not only to lead our lives but to help others do that as well. When you and I feel happier and more peaceful we are able to help others feel that way, too.
No one has the time to deal with an angry activist who points fingers and talks shit about them. People will change when they realize we are normal and average. Nothing more, nothing less but just like them.
Here are 21 tips for vegans who are tired of being angry.
- Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. Meditation has been proven to help with depression, anxiety and anger. To learn about how to meditate and my favorite resources read this post. I cannot recommend this beautiful practice enough, it truly changed my life for better.
- Remember that anger is making you weaker and being weak has no place in helping the planet. When you are angry you are not able to see the good in the world and there are solutions that are waiting to be discovered. I am not talking about vulnerability which is very, very different than weakness. Being vulnerable is powerful, being weak means that you gave up.
- Spend some time in nature whenever you can and listen to the trees. Nature tends to calm us and relax us so that we are able to connect to the natural energy and with our truest self. To learn more about how to reconnect with Mother Nature, read this post.
- When someone starts an argument, take a deep breath and respond in a calm voice. Remember – you can always work on your anger later when you are alone, but once you snap at someone for not being vegan, they will associate veganism with anger. And no one wants to live an angry lifestyle.
- Continue educating yourself on the topic of veganism and animal rights. You want to make sure you know the basics and more, to help anyone in need of advice. Education is the key to everything that you need and want; a book a day keeps boring days away. Make sure you read my post where I recommend some amazing vegan documentaries.
- Listen to classical music and relax! If you hate classical music and think it’s boring, I just want to make sure that you have heard Vivaldi’s Winter before you go ahead and say that you don’t like classical music. It’s my favorite piece of art ever created.
- Eat healthier. Vegans can be just as unhealthy as non-vegans, so you want to make sure that you are an example of a healthy, happy vegan and not overdosing on processed sugar and unhealthy fats. To make sure you stay healthy, read this post I wrote. When you eat healthy foods, you feel better – sugar brings anxiety and ain’t nobody got time for that.
- Join Facebook groups with vegans in your area and invite someone out for a cup of tea. Make friends and create beautiful friendships with people who will stand by your side when you might not feel the bravest or the strongest. You can also follow me on Instagram as I am totally open to new friendships!
- Watch videos with happy endings, such as elephants being freed from circuses and rescue cows giving birth to their calves. Social media can make you depressed, I sure am aware of that, but search for happy videos more often, so that you balance the cruel with the good.
- Get sun exposure. Sun makes people happy and getting vitamin D doesn’t hurt either.
- Avoid people who trigger your anger and who you know will provoke you. Although most people will leave on their own (that usually happens when you change your lifestyle), you want to make sure that everyone who is not lifting your energy up knows where the doors are.
- Make a list of things that you can do in the next month to help your fellow animals. It can vary from walking shelter dogs for an hour on weekends to donating a certain amount of money to a farm sanctuary. Every little thing matters and usually the smallest action brings out the biggest change. Here are some of the best ideas I came up with.
- Go for a run and get rid of all the anger while running. The angrier you feel the faster you must run; push yourself beyond your limits and outrun everyone who is causing your anger.
- Do yoga and move your body to the sound of relaxing music. You will become more relaxed, connected to your body and flexible – and who doesn’t want to be flexible, am I right? Or do pilates.
- Pour your heart out to a friend who you know will listen to you and help you go back on the track.
- Get rid of your television. Seriously, all you need can be found on your computer. Just get rid of the TV and stop giving negative media any attention. I have been television and radio free for about 6 years now and let me tell you – it is the best decision I have ever made, right after deciding to become a vegan.
- Ride a bike to work or school instead of a car. You can spend time breathing fresh air and observing nature; there is nothing better than relaxing on your way to your destination. You will be healthier, happier and more environmentally friendly.
- Plant a tree; future generations will appreciate it.
- Unsubscribe, unfollow and unfriend people on social media that only post negative news on your feed. You already know that the world is messed up; you don’t need 10 more people rubbing it in your face every day. Here are 3 ways you can spend less time on social media.
- Read Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein to learn how Buddhism can help you be more mindful and happier in your day to day life. Read my review of the book here.
- Write down three excuses you had before you went vegan to why you could never stop eating meat/dairy/eggs. When you are finished remind yourself that you were once that annoying person that said: oh my god, like, I could, like, never go vegan.
I hope you liked these 21 tips and I encourage you to leave a comment so we can discuss further. I would love to hear your tips as well.
We are all in this together so the more we share, the more we will know.
Do you know something that I didn’t include? What can we do more of as vegans to feel happier and calmer? I would love to hear some of your ideas.
I am sending you love,