A word on wellness:
This has been a difficult month or so for humanity. The news has been heartbreaking and terrifying. I know that some people are having a hard time getting up in the morning and are feeling hopeless - I've heard about the effects of this collective trauma from friends and clients, and I have definitely experienced it myself. The questions, oh the questions... what can I do to effect change, to make the world better? How can these tragedies keep happening? How and when do I discuss these issues with other people in my life? This little newsletter doesn't offer answers, only an invitation to take a minute and assess how you're doing in the hopes that you will take steps to prioritize your self-care.
When I put this "assessing" into practice, I realized that I needed to take a break from caffeine and increase the amount of yoga I'm doing. Simply asking myself, "how am I doing? and what do I need?" led me to these answers. Yours may be different. But let's face these difficult times with the awareness of "yes, this is difficult. And what do I need to not only endure these times, but to possibly create positive change and a have the utmost compassion for others?" Below are some common secondary trauma reactions and some suggested ways to take care of yourself.
*Secondary trauma is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another (or sees it on television over, and over and over again). Its symptoms can mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Something to Read:
Yes, yes, yes : The F&*k Off Fund
Quotes to Love:
"If you truly loved yourself you could never hurt another" - Buddha