I want to reflect on something I am hearing from many clients and have been experiencing myself. Over the past few months, there have been so much tragedy and pain showing up around the world. From natural disasters to human made disasters, people are hurting around the globe. Anger from injustices are boiling over in a way I have not seen during my lifetime.
I have been hearing from my clients that unlike other times in their lives, they can’t take a break from the news. They hear it from friends, from coworkers, from strangers on the bus. The bad news seems to just keep coming. My clients are feeling the pain around them and they are hurting. I am hurting.
When I become overwhelmed with what is going on in our country and the larger world, I try to ground myself. I think about what’s going on in my small, immediate world. Then I try to think how I can make an impact on my community. Recently I have been touched by learning a local family shelter can’t consistently provide diapers to children who stay there. I am going to collect diapers for this organization.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, I suggest reaching out (in person, not just through social media) to friends and family. Let’s support each other.
Most importantly, I want you to know you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad, or angry around what’s going on in our community, country, and world.