When suffering, you can experience an onslaught of feelings of unworthiness, helplessness, hopelessness, shame and guilt. As a result, asking for help might be harder than you think. Don’t let those feelings overwhelm you, because it is not your true voice. Reaching out is crucial to prevent your self from crumbling.
Similarly, if you know someone is struggling or someone you know seems to have gone quiet, reach-in
CREATE A SELF-CARE REGIMEN AND STICK TO IT
Create a list of things that you will do daily and that are non-negotiable. For example, take a walk, speak to a loved one, or take breaks. These self-care regimen will anchor you, ground and balance you as chaos has settled into your world. And remember that just like with everything else, this too shall pass
When anxious, you can get caught in a negative thought loop where you are only focusing on negative thoughts, even searching for confirmation of those thoughts. That is when you have to be very selective about what you expose yourself to. That includes the media, social media and even the people you surround yourself with.
Avoid anything that could hinder hopefulness, and stay away from negative people and ideas. Instead, find something that is inspiring and motivating. You can also take positive actions such as donating, raising awareness, volunteering, or petitioning.
SET LOWER EXPECTATIONS
When expectations are high in an environment where conditions have gone low, it is time to recalibrate them. That is not encouraging you to give up on your dreams, or lower your standards, it is about adapting to new circumstances and expanding your view.
Be mindful of whether or not you’re expecting too much of yourself in a time that is really just about survival. Conserve your energy for a time when you will be able to raise your expectations, and in the meantime, give yourself permission to take the easier route.