I couldn’t handle today, so I escaped to read.
I read 2 books today. Last year, I read 9 total.
They were both short and both amazing — “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown and “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.
Why am I sharing this? Because yesterday and today, everything has been garbage in America, and I don’t have the mental energy to process it all yet, and I know I can’t be the only one.
For a few days, Twitter and Facebook are going to be endless doomscrolls that make me want to vomit and/or cry, so I’m taking care of my mental health by reading.
I know it feels tempting to post on social media so people know you’re not okay with what’s happening, but honestly, the people who matter already know. Get off social media for a while if you have to. Take care of yourself. Use kind self-talk, take a bubble bath, take naps, read a book with a cup of hot cocoa. Do whatever you need to give yourself a chance to breathe.
And when in doubt, remember the introduction to the Serenity Prayer (I’m actually agnostic, but I live by these words):
Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Hang in there, and continue being kind to yourself and others.
You got this.