How To Avoid Feeling Helpless, Despite All The Challenges In The World

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This world is a highly complex, often quite worrying, and sometimes incredibly difficult place. That said, it’s also very beautiful, with incredible people left, right and center. It’s certainly worth your input.

With social media, internet insight and global news outreach, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed by the vast number of difficulties and worries plaguing the planet and even your own country. This can sometimes leave us feeling a little helpless, as if not knowing where to begin should lead us to apathy.

This is a very natural reaction, but you shouldn’t take it as gospel or believe that you have no chance to make a change. You’d be amazed at how much good one person can do, even surprising themselves should they make the effort.

In this post, then, we’ll discuss how to overcome those natural but temporary feelings of malaise, allowing you to feel stronger in standing up for what’s right, and realizing that while there are many issues out there that need work, you’re in no way required to face them alone:

Focus On Singular Issues You Can Contribute To
When you feel like many things are out of your control, which to some degree they are, it’s totally natural to try and focus on the things you can change. So for example, you might not be able to find the cure for Parkinson’s tomorrow despite it affecting someone you love, but perhaps you could fundraise for a worthwhile charity the next time you try a half-marathon. Maybe you’ll get involved in political action to help reduce economic inequality. When you limit your focus and do what you can, all of a sudden your contribution feels significant. And it is.

Don’t Bear The World On Your Shoulders
Sometimes, being aware of every single little difficulty or issue is not actually healthy to you as a person. Bearing the world on your shoulders is a good way to feel utterly distraught, but you don’t have to bear this responsibility. At the end of the day, as caring as you are, as much as you have to give, and of all the learning experiences you’ve had, you’re still one person. As such, helping a collective with their goals, like volunteering at the local homeless shelter, can help you gain that foothold to make a difference, and it helps alleviate some of the deep emotional trouble that comes from caring about every issue at once.

Act Local
Acting locally can have a huge impact. It might be that because of your past experience, you’re happy to train the local amateur under-18 football team as a volunteer. This might give an opportunity to many children and keep them out of trouble in the local area. As you can see, local acts often make the biggest difference, and you can actively see the benefit of doing so ahead of time.

With this advice, you’re sure to avoid feeling helpless, despite all the challenges in the world we face. After all, you have plenty to offer.

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Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton is the Chief Blogger and Editor of He founded in 2013 to provide information about LGBTQ friendly events of interest, and to support LGBTQ entertainers and supportive artists who visit our community. Earle is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest with a long history of support for and involvement in, the Northwest LGBTQ community. His personal interests include: music, theater, pets, culinary arts and technology.

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