( Illustration by the very talented Polish artist Paweł Kuczyński… )

Recently I have had many clients who are reporting depression and feelings of fear and hopelessness about the current world situation and who are feeling that life is a constant struggle. I put together these few thoughts and suggestions for us all to consider and use. I hope they will inspire, provoke thought and even bring a smile.

No matter what is happening or seems to be happening in the world, it is important to remember that nothing is ever only as it seems… Let’s never forget that it really is a beautiful world that we live in…

  1. Look after and take care of YOU in both big and small ways. Improve your diet, insist on getting enough sleep, maybe a good multi vitamin is appropriate for a while, deal with any ongoing health issues now.
  2. Ease your heart… Recognize, work through, heal and release any and all emotional pain, anger, bitterness, resentment and hate. Holding on to these things can be extremely harmful and damaging to ourselves. Whenever possible “send them love”. It’s so much more powerful and good for your emotional heart and well being.
  3. It’s ok to keep an eye on and an ear open to local, national and world news and have awareness of what’s going on but if it feels like a constant drama or soap opera it’s time to turn it OFF! Non-stop negative news makes us feel anxious and afraid and the world starts to feel like just a scary place… Change track on this now. Look for good news, positive news, happy news… The world is full of it! Start your day or week or life off by looking for good news! It feels good to feel good!
  4. Take a step back. Stop taking things so very personally. Start looking for and expecting the best solutions and outcomes even when this does not at the moment appear possible or likely…
  5. Each day or as often as you can, create balance by doing or gifting yourself something for your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual self.
  6. Love to love and to be loved. Love is the elixir of life itself! If there is no one there to love you, love yourself! Start now to learn what that means and how to do that for you…
  7. Develop your hopes and dreams! Have pleasant, fun and enjoyable things to look forward to! Add more joy and fun to your life… It’s great and absolutely necessary to look forward in this way but just also make sure you remember to bring balance by practicing being mindful and living in and enjoying the now…
  8. Find what is stable and solid for you. Do it, have it and embrace it often…
  9. Make and take time for YOU…
  10. Find glorious color everywhere and embrace color in your life…