July 6

5 Ways to Care for Yourself During Challenging or Tragic Times

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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 more often, 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 who are law enforcement officers and 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, Twitter, and other social media platforms 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? That has been embedded in the very foundation of our society.

It’s a lot for anyone 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, so I want to share a few ways to relieve the tension.

Here are a few things you can do to take care of yourself.

  1. Disconnect – turn off your cell phone or at least the notifications
  2. Skip the News – opt for a funny movie or something inspirational instead, you need it
  3. Sleep – Take a nap or hit the bed early
  4. Think – How can you be a light in a time of darkness? Focus on solutions instead of the problem and the feelings it brings.
  5. 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 so revisit them as often as you need.


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Self Care, Society, tragedy, Trauma


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