I don’t know about you, but I swear, 2020 has been the longest DECADE of my life! Since the world shut down and we had to lock ourselves in our homes, it’s been an emotional roller coaster for me and everyone I know. Our entire world is suffering from different crisis’ and we’re collectively grieving and sad.
Being forced to stay home and not enjoy the freedoms that we’ve all come to take for granted, really shook me. It’s shaken my therapists and our clients.
Everyone we know has been hit hard by this.
When it first happened, we just instinctively hunkered down and did what was asked of us, all while we watched our communities, friends, family and even ourselves, be impacted by this Pandemic in ways none of us could have predicted.
Not only has Covid-19 changed everything, but all the cracks and fissures in our American society have come to light. This country’s systemic racial disparities have finally caught the attention of every American and it cannot be ignored any longer. The weather has been devastating including the wildfires that are ravaging our beautiful communities out West, while hurricanes have taken their ugly toll on our South. So many people are struggling in our country right now – with so many issues, it’s hard to figure out where to look.
So much grief, so much anger, so much fear and worry. This is the first time in my life that all of these societal ills are front and center, and boy, has it has taken an emotional toll on most of us.
This means that we are all struggling with increased anxiety and depression right now. Lack of motivation, sleep disruptions, boredom, restlessness, hopelessness. We are seeing this among ourselves and our clients every day.
So how do get back to where we were 6 months ago? WE DON’T.
Change is the only way we can move forward.
What does this mean?
It means we must grieve the loss of what we thought our lives would be. Letting go of what was and beginning to embrace what could be.
Is there good out there? Look for it. Are there helpers? Look for them. Is there hope in this shitty situation? Hold on to that.
Our world needs connection now more than ever particularly as we’ve all been sequestered at home alone.
Take this time to remember what’s important to you – what you cannot live without – and I bet the list will be very different than what you thought it would be years ago.
I’ve learned that I don’t need more shoes, more purses, more STUFF. I need my loved ones, my books, my garden, my kitchen. I need nature and time to feel present in my own skin.
I’ve learned that what is happening in the world right now is a precursor to what will only get worse if we don’t start making changes now!
Start small, at home, in your community.
Look for the helpers, be kind to everyone regardless of their skin color, their ethnic background. Realize that we are all the same and have the same desires for our children, the same hopes and dreams and heartbreaks.
What connects us is way more powerful than what divides us.
Understand that if we don’t make changes right now, our world is going to implode. We must start taking care of our planet vigorously, our neighbors fiercely, and each other with everything good we have. Vote. Use your voice. Donate if you can, no matter how small. Give back and don’t be afraid to receive. We’re all in this together.
Love is just what we need to get us back to who we are. To where we want to be. No, it won’t look like the way it did last year but maybe, just maybe, it could look better?
That’s what I’m hopeful for and that’s what we focus on in our sessions. Being thankful for what we have now, being hopeful for what will be and being committed to standing next to you while we all create a world we can be proud of and feel safe in. That our children can thrive in and live next to each other in harmony and peace.
We know that connection is uber important right now and we know just how to do that. We’ve perfected our online therapy platform and methods and we’d love to show you that healing doesn’t need to wait until we’re back in the office. We can do good stuff right now. Let us show you by clicking here to schedule your next appointment with one of our women’s experts. We got you!