Updated: Mar 17, 2022
The last few years, it feels like anything older than a few days, is old news. In case you haven't heard, there's a new war. It's in Ukraine.
I don't want to get into all the political details about the conflict - those can easily be found online in a number of places. I mostly want to point out that it is very scary to hear about what's happening and to consider the possible ways this could go is even scarier.
Recently, I was telling a friend that I felt like I had no mental bandwidth to take on anything new. I was listing all the things I had going on and it wasn't until much later that I realized that there was also that pressure of the war. War is always scary, no matter where you are and I am beyond grateful to have a home with heat, a bed, running water, food, and warm clothes to wear. I am not in a situation where I have to run for my life or escape to find freedom. I can not say enough how grateful I am.
Whatever your situation, it is ok - and in fact, not only reasonable, it's normal - to feel overwhelmed by the situation in Ukraine and to worry about what it could mean to you and your future. It's ok to feel helpless and it's ok to want to help. Whichever direction you go, just know that this current state of affairs is new for many of us so there is no "right way" of reacting to this period. Most of all, if you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out and talk to someone. Make an appointment with your doctor or find a local therapist.
If you don't know where or how to start, send me an email - I promise I'll read it and respond. If you want to remain anonymous, that's ok, too.