Many will agree that 2020 has been fraught with its share of bad news. I don't need to make a list - from world to national to community to personal stories - we have all been hit hard this year. So how do you preserve your physical health and emotional state without hiding under a rock or secluding yourself in a bunker away from the outside world?
Here are some self-care strategies and steps you can take -
1) Begin each day with an affirmation of gratitude.
Whether it's a prayer of thanks, a few minutes of meditation and reflection or reciting a positive mantra, give yourself this time to center in quiet solitude before you tackle the world.
2) Let go of what you can't control.
This one is a tough one. As women we often believe that we can magically change external circumstances until we expend all of our energy and leave little for ourselves. Sounds familiar? It's time to enact the Prayer of Serenity - "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
3) Minimize your triggers for stress.
If you feel angry, depressed and sad every time you watch the news or go on social media, then turn it off!! Get whatever information you need for the day (weather, traffic, FB birthdays, etc) and refrain from falling down the rabbit hole. Nothing is gained by getting into a twitter war, FB argument or yelling at the TV. If you can't change the situation, then let it go. It truly is not worth it.
4) Find enjoyment.