There is no denying it. July has been rough, to say the least. The lives that have recently been lost hit me hard and had me checking on my friends. To make sure they made it home safe to their families. I worry about my dad and my brother. I worry about my teenage daughter, myself, and my friends. I have friends in law enforcement and that are first responders that deal with threats and impending danger on a daily basis.
I know I am not the only one worrying. It’s all over social media. It’s on the news. Facebook and Twitter are teaming with commentary, images, and hashtags. We are sharing and collaborating trying to figure out what we can do. How can we stop this violence taking place in OUR country? It’s a lot for one person to handle. It will take a collaborative effort. Continuing to look at social media and the news can be depressing and add to your stress.
Here are a few things you can do to take care of yourself.
- Disconnect – turn off your cell phone or at least the notifications
- Skip the News – opt for a funny movie or something inspirational instead, you need it
- Sleep – Take a nap or hit the bed early
- Think – How can you be a light in a time of darkness? Focus on solutions instead of the problem and the feelings it brings.
- Pray – Put that positive energy out there
In order to uplift and support another, you have to take care of you. I know it’s hard and can appear selfish, but if you are falling apart and stressed you won’t do any good for anyone.
I hope that you found these helpful and comforting. I was home the last two days and watched my daughter play. I held her tight, and I cried. These issues impact our community and can’t be ignored any longer. Don’t allow hurt, fear, or hate to consume you. Take time for you to restore your body and mind so you can continue to live and thrive. The best thing to do is live unapologetically and to do what you can to be a positive light and blessing to another.
These are things that you can do anytime you feel overwhelmed. If you would like to keep these handy I put together a free guide for you that has 6 additional ways you can take care of yourself.
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