Wednesday 19 July 2017

Keeping Sane!

Animal rescue is tough, we have opened ourselves up to the horrible world we live in through the internet, and there are pages and pages of abuse available to see and read. Something I have learnt over the years is that you have to remain focused, and not get caught up in every problem around the world.

As I know from personal experience, loosing your mind whilst rescuing animals, is far too easy. A few years ago I had a breakdown, and for several months, I lost my way, everything got too much, and I struggled to come back.

Thankfully I didnt unpack, and live there, I made the journey back, and it made me stronger, but also very careful about heading down that path again.  That experience taught me several things, and if you are going to rescue animals, and live the life we do , you need to bear these in mind.

1. Keep your circle local, you cannot afford to get upset about animals around the world. It is distracting and draining, and there are people there to help those animals.

2. Unfriend, or block the hysterical sharers, the ones on FB who want to save everything, from China, to Alaska, and every animal in between.

3. Unfriend the people that post the "death threat" posts about animals with hours to live, these posts will depress, and wear you down.

4. Have downtime, regardless of what this is, reading, watching TV, walking the dog, step away, even if it is for an hour.

5. Give yourself a pat on the bat and credit for what you have achieved, and what you are doing. Regardless of how small, if everyone worked together so much more would be achieved. Whether you volunteer, donate, foster, or support it all helps, and all makes a difference.

6. Remember you have limits, you can say NO, and no one has the right to make you feel crappy about that. Set boundaries, and be proud of what you have achieved.

Animals dont dwell on the past, or worry about the future....... maybe we could all learn from them!

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