What kind of support do you need this week? I don’t know anyone who has not felt their share of frustration, anger, sadness, or anxiety over the past 6 months. There are many legitimate reasons for those feelings, and they deserve to be acknowledged. But how to get through the day?
Strong support is necessary to remain balanced. If you are like me, what you need changes from day to day and week to week. Below are four distinct sources of support to re-center and stay present. I hope they help you stay engaged with your work, your loved ones, and your sense of civic power.
If you’re struggling with intense feelings, choose one action that has meaning for you, and do it as soon as possible. Action releases tension.
Internal Support – intuition, mindfulness, spirituality, creativity
- 10-minute breath meditation
- 10-minutes of free-writing
- Read a few pages of a sacred text from your tradition
Relational Support – friends/family, community organizations, advocacy groups
- Call a friend
- Find a volunteer opportunity or support group in your area
- Donate to a cause or candidate you support
Physical Support – self-care, healthy food, rest, movement
- Lie down for 10 minutes
- Plan a meal and prepare it intentionally
- Stretch for 10 minutes
Intellectual Support – education, learning, discourse
- Great podcasts: How to Citizen, Gaslit Nation
- Great books: Hiding in Plain Sight (Sarah Kendzior), American Poison (Eduardo Porter), White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo)
- Great News: Reasons to be Cheerful, Kiss the Ground, Letters from an American
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