It's only been one month since Trump took office. One month. In the past 30 days, there have been protests, strikes, and floods of calls to Washington. Since Trump is in it for the next four years, the resistance better be prepared.

Fighting for progress is a marathon, not a sprint. It can take years for real, lasting change to take effect. Years filled with protests, strikes, boycotts, uncomfortable conversations, and verbal assaults. It takes mental, spiritual, and physical fortitude to endure.

Without proper care and preparation, we will all burn out long before things get better. Remember, fighting for justice, like everything else in life, is an inside job first. With that in mind, here are a few ways we can all get ready to keep fighting for the next four years.

Take a day or two. Step away from social media, turn off the TV, and do something for you. Taking time to destress if only for a day or two allows you to reset so you can try again in the morning.

Treat your body right. You should always be making sure you are properly rested, hydrated, and fed. Remember, when you feel good, you do good.

Spread love. There is enough hatred thrown from both sides, left and right. Instead of getting trapped in that cycle, start spreading love. Tell your friends and family how you really feel. Hug the people you love a little tighter. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger. Spreading love to those around you will not only make you feel better, it will let other people know we aren't in this alone.

Create. Making art, whatever that means to you, is not only a great way to get your feelings out, it is a great way to reach others. Whether you write, paint, sculpt, dance, or DIY, channel your energy into creating something great. The world will be better for it. You will be better for it.

One day at a time. Wars are won one battle at a time. So too is change. Do not get discouraged. Celebrate even the smallest of victories and take the time to mourn the losses.

No matter what happens, remember, we are in this together as one people, one nation. Do not let anything they say break you. We have your back.

Anastasia NicoleComment