It was an exceptional week in America and around the world, where anger, pain and anguish erupted over the murder of another black man by the police.
It was impossible to ignore the protests, unrest, anger and fear, and it comes amid a pandemic that has already turned life upside down for many.
If you feel despair, you are not alone. CNN asked some experts for ways to overcome it.
1. Acknowledge your feelings and mark them“I think the most important thing is to confess and sit with the idea that something makes us uncomfortable,” he said Two thousand Brilland Noble, A psychologist and founder of the non-profit mental health organization, The AAKOMA Project.
2. Connect with others: He said, “It is really important not to use this time to isolate ourselves.” Andrea BoniorClinical psychologist licensed and author of “Get rid of your thoughts“Addressing the buffer effects that coronavirus has had on many people.
“We are really coming from a baseline of unity where we all feel a little unconnected. The research is very clear that increased social support has all kinds of positive benefits for mental health and our emotional well-being.” .
3. Share: “People feel hopeless because they don’t know what to do, and they feel that the little thing they do is not enough,” said Brilland Noble.
“Whatever little thing you do, that’s all you can do now,” she notes.
4. Be kind to yourself: It is important to practice self-care to help you focus. For some people who may be a stroll in nature, meditation or yoga.
“Try to work within your bandwidth, using things that are accessible,” said Breland-Noble. And she said, “If you’re going to meditate, and it’s like eight people in a two-bedroom house, then maybe you should literally go to the bathroom and sit there for five minutes while turning on your headphones.”
5. Acknowledge Good: “Most of the time, we see only anger, we see chaos only,” said Bonior. “We remove the small sides of kindness, the small sides of people help each other.”
She pointed to some of the gentle acts of love we see in the protests, such as people who stand and protect others or volunteers who distribute water to protesters.