I’ve already written about recent world events. For all the calmness and stoicism of the piece, I’m still reeling. Anxiety spirals, dark thoughts, paranoia, bad dreams, compulsive behaviour… all present. It’s going to be a difficult time, for quite a while.
So, please set aside some time for self care. Acknowledge that events in your life are causing emotional trauma, and take active steps to let yourself adjust. It’s absolutely OK to convalesce; to get your strength back. It doesn’t mean we’re giving up, or burying our heads in the sand. We’re hurt, and we’ll heal, but we need the time and space to allow it.
Do what you need to do. Get away from the news for a while. Watch some movies. Play some games. Eat some food that’s bad for you. Read a book. It’s completely alright to give yourself time to process, accept, and adapt.
It’ll all still be here when you get back, but you’ll be more able to handle it.