*Trigger Warning: This post discusses the traumatic events in Manchester this week*
At times like this, the world can look bleak and it can be hard to handle. It can be hard to wrap your head around the levels of sadness and hurt going on across the world, especially after an event so close to home such as the Manchester Bombing this week. We felt the need to dedicate this week to our top 2 self care tips, following an incident such as this.
1. Look for those doing good among the chaos. Since the bombings there have been hotels opening their arms to those stranded in the cities, taxi drivers turning off their meters, heroes helping wounded, local residents looking after the emergency services armed with sandwiches, hot drinks and anything else they can give. A fundraising page for the victims has raised over £750,000 for the victims, as those who can’t be there to physically help reach out and offer support. It is in times like these that you see the strength in community and kindness trumping hate.
2. Allow yourself a break from the news, from social media and even the internet as a whole. It can be hugely affecting reading constant updates on traumatic events. It is not selfish to do these things, as self care is monumentally important after an event like this. Take some time until you feel more grounded, you don’t need to know the latest if you have the luxury of distance. Whatever counts as self-care for you (escaping by reading a book, playing sports, playing music, being with your family etc), is important.
If you would like to donate to the JustGiving page for the victims of the bombing you can do so here.
If you need someone to talk to, or have been affected following the events in Manchester you can call the Samaritans on 116 123
or Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thoughts are with all those affected in Manchester.
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