It is hard right now, friends. So hard, I know. But I do believe there is more light than darkness, that lightness can extinguish the dark, and that we can make more light. We are in this together. We can make way. Hug your people. Reach out to those far away. Ask your representatives for what you believe we need. Make your love visible. Shine light. Together, we can do powerful things.
But there’s one more piece to shining your light. You have to take care of yourself.
At times like these, we often go into chronic vigilance. We take in as much information as we can so that we are informed, and aware and we do as many things as we can to help the situation which is incredible in many important ways but if we only stay in this gear, we cannot sustain it. Since every single one of us is necessary for the world’s healing, we need to take care of ourselves. Please make sure that you are practicing self-care in abundance.
Your self-care actions don’t have to be huge. Tiny little moments of care- stretching, taking a break from the media for a little bit, plenty of water, a walk around the block, journaling, time with a pet, hugging someone, pausing to eat, etc. All these things nourish you. Taking time to sustain yourself offers all of us sustenance over time. Every day, as you do what you must, understand that taking care of you is a must too.
Take gentle care, dear friend.