I heard from a friend yesterday who shared that she felt overwhelmed with all that’s going on right now. I think this is common. In terms of major stressors, most of us have a fairly significant list right now. Here are a few thoughts on things you can do which might help:
Be kind to yourself and others.
Recognize that some people are grieving significant losses.
Honor the grieving process and don’t invalidate the emotions others feel, or which you are experiencing.
Be curious. Look into the truth and go beyond the surface. Don’t assume.
Some people feel very concerned about what’s going on politically, morally, and in many other ways right now in the world. Validate those concerns.
Take an interest in learning the truth–go beyond the narratives that the world is pushing so hard.
Many voices clamor for your attention. Listen for God’s still small voice. Ask Him for wisdom and discernment.
Disengage from the news, social media and instead connect with loved ones face to face. If that’s not possible because of the pandemic or life circumstances, find ways to connect which are life-giving to you.
Journal. Pray. Re-create.
Spend time in solitude and nature. Today fog hangs in the air outside. I’m going to take a shower and then go for a drive with my camera. Fog creates some beautiful scenes in the countryside all around us. Barns and trees hold a mysterious beauty as the mist shrouds some of the landscape.
I’ll listen to some worship music and God’s Word.
I’ll allow Him to infuse my spirit with His hope, His transcendent peace, His joy.
The joy of the LORD is my strength.