Wanted to remind you that it’s OK if you feel scared, and sad, and angry and overwhelmed right now.
It’s normal. There’s a lot going on. And a lot of it IS really scary and overwhelming.
So, what can you do?
Firstly, try to accept it.
Your experience right now might be better than someone else’s … or it might be worse. But, however you want to spin it, a tough time is a tough time. Accept it.
There’s no need to temper it with an “at least ….”. Say to yourself “Yep, this sucks”.
It’s amazing what happens when we drop the facade that “Everything’s OK”.
Secondly, change your focus.
Ask yourself “How can I be of service? How can I help?”
In Australia, you could donate to Givit to help those in flood affected areas.
But there are also some brilliant movements being set up to help Ukrainians – like booking an Airbnb in Ukraine or heading to Etsy and purchasing some art as a digital download from a Ukrainian artist. Two great ways you can directly give to people in need.
And thirdly, ask yourself “What would make today feel just a little bit better?”
And whatever the answer is: making apple crumble, talking to a friend, putting on a comforting TV show, reading your favourite book, playing Monopoly with the kids … go and do it. Make it happen.
Find the small pockets of happiness in your day and hold on to them.
And lastly, please know that being human means experiencing a full spectrum of emotion.
So if you feel like you “should just be getting on with it already” and you’re not – well, my friend, that is perfectly okay.
Be kind to yourself.⠀
Oh! And can you do me a favour? Can you let me know what small thing brought you a little happiness today?
Tell me in the comments below.
Might be something really nice for others to read.