The state of the world right now is frightening. And if we’re being honest, we’re already mentally and emotionally exhausted – we’ve all been through a lot. Just as we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel from the last two years, we get hit again. And even though most of us are watching from our safe, comfortable seats, the “what if” and “what’s next” thoughts can ruminate and cause a lot of stress for us, our families, and our communities.
But what can one person do to make a dent in this problem that seems so enormous?
A few ideas come to mind.
You might not be able to stop the source of the problem, that’s true, but there are a lot of things you can do to take care of yourself and the people around you. And they are easier than you think.
Here are five things you can do to help yourself and others starting today.
- First, check out these 9 organizations you can support to provide help for the people of Ukraine.
- Talk to your kids about what’s happening, but make it age-appropriate. Here’s a guide to help.
- Channel your inner President Zelenskyy at work – and be a good leader. Here are some tips on how to connect and support each other in the workplace during stressful times.
- When you need a break from the news and talking about the news (and you DO need that), you can reduce stress by simply hugging it out.
- Give yourself a minute (or 5) to breathe and reset when you need to. Use my 5 minute guided meditation.
Above all, and as Shannon Alder once said:
“The most important thing you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
Never forget we are all in this together. Because we most certainly are.