This is a tough time for all….but also a time to learn and grow. I have some ideas about dealing with these troubling and traumatic current events. These actions helped me:
· First, get bummed. That’s right…these events are tough, depressing and wearisome. Take some time to cry, get mad and just lose it – but time it; build in an ending.
· Next, monitor your engagement with news coverage. Keep up with current events but limit the time of exposure. Take 30 minutes twice a day to read, watch or connect with this information.
· Finally, take control of what you can…your own behavior. Do just one thing. Write a letter, choose an action that is useful and positive, find an organization to support.
In the midst of distressing, troublesome, even tragic events, people can become less compassionate, less loving. Don’t fall into that despair and negativity.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Choose to love. Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn