Living (mind)fully through Global Trauma
This is an unprecedented time in our history. This is a hard time for all of us. The emergence of Covid-19 has elicited a collective trauma and grief on many levels manifesting as all different kinds of emotions. I especially want to hold those who have lost people to this virus, and to those on the front lines who are exhausted, burnt-out, and under-protected.
We are all trying to find equanimity, mental calmness, amidst this uncertainty.
As humans, we don’t like uncertainty at the best of times, at baseline. Uncertainty can have this way of making us feel wholly out of control. Our brains like to make meaning, and find order. We thrive on timelines and surefire deadlines.
When we can’t find order, our brains are more likely to generate thought patterns that try and take control, but this can lead to catastrophizing, and thinking of worst-case scenarios, which only leads to suffering. While there is much beyond our control these days, knowing a bit more about what’s going on in our brains and minds can help us move away from the anxious, negative, unhelpful thoughts that hurt us.
Knowing a bit more about what’s going on in our brains and minds can help us move away from the anxious, negative, unhelpful thoughts that hurt us. I have, therefore, humbly compiled this Covid Calm resource packet that I hope will help in even a small way.
It includes 17 #StayCovidCalm actionable tips that you can take today to help you focus on treating yourself with kindness during this difficult time. I am offering this is as a free resource but please donate what you can, proceeds benefit the OnBeingHuman Food Drive for those in need during this time.
The truth is that we can’t always choose how life unfolds. Yet, we can choose how to respond to what unfolds. Although it’s difficult, if we work on choosing a mindful lens, we bear less suffering, we create a kinder place to be.
The mental health effect of this collective trauma is showing itself, and yet, still, so much is unknown about how this will continue to ripple through our individual and collective consciousness for years to come. We might see an influx of post-traumatic stress in the next while to come, and mental health clinicians will have to be prepared. Early intervention is everything, and my dedication to you is that our community will do all we can to hold you in this.
Please join me, we’re all in this together.
This compilation is dedicated to everyone, everywhere. There is no one not impacted by this global trauma. I write this with the hope that we can find some relief, that we can heal together. – Dr. Jen
Supporting #PandemicofLove Community of Volunteers
Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It humbly began on March 14th, 2020 by one person, Shelly Tygielski (@mindfulskatergirl), and was intended to help her own local community. But, like an epidemic, the act of love and kindness spread quickly and is now a beautiful movement helping those in need throughout the world.
What is a mutual aid community? It connects people in need with patrons who can help with that need. This is a tangible way for people to give to each other, quickly, discretely and directly.
Celebrity/Notable Individuals to Endorse and Amplify Pandemic of Love Include:
Vice President Joe Biden
Dr. Jill Biden
Florida Congressman Ted Deutch (D)
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
If you are experiencing financial hardships during this time, please know that many organizations are offering free support, loans, food, clothing, hygiene products, and other household needs. Please do not be afraid to reach out if you are in need and I will do my best to find someone who can help.
Email me at DrJen@BrainCurves.com