This blog, written by Porsche Peak, was originally posted on the Peak Therapy Institute's website, and it is reposted with the author's permission.
With the nature of our current political climate, ecosystem and community relationships, it is easy to feel defeated, isolated and discouraged about the future. Right now, I want you to give yourself permission to put some of these heavy issues aside and take care of yourself.
- Put your phone away.
- Turn off your television.
- Log off of social media (after you read this).
- Practice being present with your environment; nature, home, car ride, etc.
- Spend uninterrupted time with your family, friends and yourself.
- Prepare yourself a proper meal.
- Do something that brings you joy; read a book, listen to music, etc.
- Change your environment.
- Get a babysitter.
2. Make a gratitude list.
- What are you grateful for?
- Who are your loved ones?
- Do you have a positive support system?
- What accomplishments have you made this year?
- Are your basic needs being met? Which ones?
- Are you in good health?
- Have you received any recognition this year?
- What are you good at?
3. Give back! Participation can give us hope and make us feel purposeful.
- Volunteer your time.
- Help a friend who is moving.
- Ask your senior neighbors if they could use your help with anything.
- Cook a meal for your grandma, grandpa or someone who just had a baby.
- Volunteer for extra responsibilities at work.
4. Establish a routine. Structure can keep us going when things appear to be unraveling.
- Plan your meals
- Shower daily
- Go to work as usual
- Exercise weekly
5. Look beyond yourself for guidance, support and/or healing.
- Speak with your elders.
- Speak with your community members.
- Go to therapy.
- Join a support group.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
About the Author: Porsche Peak is an LAMFT and LADC who is the Clinical Director at Peak Therapy Institute.