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Keeping safe and cool this summer

1 year ago by SamMix

Keeping safe and cool this summer

Now that we’re well into the swing of summer, we can take a moment to look at how we’re doing, where we would like to make changes and where we should give ourselves a pat on the back. No matter where we live, where we travel, or what we’re doing this summer, there can be quite a few risks that come up when the temperature rises. It can be helpful for us to gather information and share tips with one another, especially when we may not always be completely prepared for this much summer heat!

As more heatwaves are expected to pop up until September, we can help each other prepare and even enjoy the changes in weather and habits to come!

 

So, what should we be doing more of?

 

  1. Not skipping breakfast. We know that breakfast starts our day off on the right foot, but we sometimes forget that when our bodies are under a little extra pressure (like sun, heat, and sweat,) a little can go a long way. We can best prepare our bodies by starting the day off fueled up and ready to go.

 

  1. Protecting our skin. Sun cream: store bought vs homemade? There have been quite a few articles rolling around social media this summer about the dangers of store bought sun cream, advising that we should try making our own at home instead. There seem to be many conflicting ideas of what is safest in this instance, so we would say, doing our own research on what works best for each of us, but err on the side of caution. We can always give our skin some added protection by remembering to cover up and take advantage of the shade!

 

  1. Drinking more water. We can nearly always do with drinking a bit more water throughout the day, but this especially applies when the weather is warmer! Water has incredible health benefits on a normal day, but during the summer, extra water is crucial.

 

  1. Taking extra care of our furry friends. From fireworks to hot cars or sizzling pavement, our furry friends need some extra attention as well. We can all do our best to make sure they’re safe and comfortable, no matter the situation.

 

  1. Watch the bugs! Insect bites can have serious side effects and affect our health in a multitude of ways. Being aware of our surroundings and using more natural insect repellants this summer can be a great way to stay safe.

 

  1. Looking out for one another. This may seem a bit silly, after all, it’s just a little heat, right? But it’s important for us to remember that for those of us who may be more vulnerable, changes in temperature like this can be more dangerous. When this happens, we can all take a bit more time to check in with one another, stranger or close friend.

 

 

 

Share all of your summer tips in the comments below, you never know who might need them!

 

Happy sharing and happy summering!

 

-Sam

 

 

 

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

 

Should we take a social media vacation this summer?

Today is Social Media Day, a time to take a look at how much this new form of world-wide connection has impacted our lives. Whether we actively partake in posting, sharing, or liking, social media is a part of daily life everywhere. Our world is filled with constantly evolving ways to interact with one another, keep in touch, and to stay connected, nearly constantly. Our networks have become larger, but are they really helping us to grow in the ways we want?

This day is a great opportunity for each of us to take a step back and evaluate how we interact with social media and the world at large, including better understanding the people most directly using social media. It is important for us to realise how recent this level of networking and is, leaving many perspectives on social media largely dependent upon generation and age. Many of the tips on how to “take a break” from social media may feel completely irrelevant to those of us who have rarely, if ever, used these forms of communication.  


Today, and throughout this summer, we can all focus on changing up how we interact with the world around us. We can look at how we use social media and see where we would like to make changes. If we find ourselves not using any forms of social media, this could be a great chance to see what all the fuss is about. If we’ve taken a leave of absence for a while, this could be an opportunity to step back in for a bit. Social media has changed the way we learn from one another, allowing us incredible opportunities to share, grow, and experience the world in different perspectives. If we are sticking to the same patterns and habits, we might be shutting ourselves off from potentially great avenues for our development.


So, how can we shake things up this summer?


  1. Take a look at what we are using now. Like nearly everything we do in life, our social media habits can always use some reflection and consideration. Looking at how we have interacted with social media in the past and what we are doing now can help us to more clearly understand what we want our future use to look like.


  1. Try taking breaks this summer! No matter how much social media we use, nearly all of us could use a few reminders here and there to put our screens away. This summer is a great opportunity to make some radical changes and see how they feel!


  1. Where were we before? A great experiment for many of us this summer could be “getting back to basics.” What did we do before the internet? There is no better time to remember.  


  1. Trying something new. Whether that be shutting off all social media, taking a few breaks, or getting involved in an unfamiliar form of social media, we can all do with a little challenge! Pushing ourselves outside of our “norm” is a great way to grow and learn this summer.




Let us know what you think in the comments below!



Happy sharing and happy social media day!


-Sam





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How important is our wardrobe?

1 year ago by SamMix

How important is our wardrobe?

Recently, we’ve seen quite a lot of noteworthy news on how we look, how we present ourselves, and what is becoming acceptable or not. From dress-codes and uniforms to blurred gender lines and culturally appropriate clothing, many of us are seeing conversations turn on their heads, discussing the repercussions and potential ripple-effects of self-expression, respect, individuality, and equity.

Many of us went to school wearing uniforms, with some having strong opinions and others not caring in the least. Incredibly valid arguments can be made either way, from protecting forms of self-expression to leveling of the playing field, taking away distractions, and directing more attention to the coursework.

 

No matter how we felt about wearing uniforms in school, we can better understand our arguments, for this and any other presentation-related discussion, in terms of what our goals are. Are we looking to break down barriers that potentially cause harm to others? Are we looking to protect individuality? What about preserving culture?

 

There are many facets of how we present ourselves that are changing simultaneously, so how do we keep up? Do we just stick with what we know and ignore the rest or should we do our best to understand why people are changing how we see and discuss how others present themselves? It may seem strange, unimportant, or even scary, but ignorance is not always bliss, and in some cases, it can even be harmful.

 

So, how can we begin to understand what’s changing in the realm of self-presentation? Well, there’s a lot, so here’s just a few quick and rough tips.

 

  1. Understand ourselves. When we’re trying to better understand these topics, we can first look to why and how we show the world who we are. Why exactly do we wear what we wear? Has it been a purposeful decision or were there some things we accepted as ‘normal?’ Is there anything we would do differently if we could?

 

  1. Take a look outside of ourselves. What is it that we don’t quite understand? Have there been terms that seem silly or confusing? When we pinpoint what it is that seems uncomfortable, we can then work to understand it.

 

  1. Doing our research. Once again, this is where we will find the complexity of these topics and discussions. We will find that there are a multitude of opinions, experiences, and thoughts for what is best. While that can seem overwhelming and confusing, it is important that we do our best to understand and accept that this is a constantly evolving topic, including many different voices.

    1. Here’s a little bit more about uniforms and dress codes

    2. What about cultural appropriation?

    3. Here’s some information about gender and gender-neutrality dressing

    4. What about dressing religiously?

 

  1. Taking a step back. In many of these discussions, it is important for us to realise that not everything is about us and not everything completely includes us- and that is okay.

 

  1. Being patient. We are dealing with a complex topic that includes nearly every single person, but in very different ways. Understanding that there is not one solution to every discussion or issue is important. Patience is key here.

 

  1. Asking questions. There will be a lot that we don’t understand, for each of us. It is important for us to not ignore what we don’t understand, but to get involved instead. Asking questions and respecting answers that are provided is a great place to start.

 

It is important that in these discussions, we do our best to see past what is at the forefront and reach deeper into our most basic goals. For the most part, we are all doing what we think is best for our future. We can take a step back and recognise that these issues are far more complex, messy, and longer-term than we know. We cannot have the perfect answers, we can only do our best with what we know and what we experience right now. We can only listen to others, growing our understanding of the world around us, helping us to build more comprehensive and inclusive approaches.

 

We can all do with a little more listening and a bit more sharing. So, share your thoughts and listen to others in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing,

 

Sam

 

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Summertime is here!

1 year ago by SamMix

Summertime is here!

Wow, we can’t believe it’s officially summer! For many of us here in the UK, the recent heatwave that ushered in the summer season felt like a bit of a shock, either welcome or unwanted, depending upon our comfort with a sunshine overdose. The drastic shift into summer provides us with a great opportunity to take a step back this weekend and think about what this season means to us and how we want our summer to look.

Each changing season is a reminder for us to live in the present, but summertime can often provide the strongest pull for us to do so on a daily basis. Not only are we more conscious of how we feel physically, for many of us, it can feel like the clock is ticking, counting down the time until the warm weather, sunshine, or vacations are over. We can feel that we are pushed to “fit it all in” and enjoy as much as we possibly can while it lasts.

 

For many of us, this season brings with it a deeper sense of freedom, both physically and mentally. In many ways, summertime gives us a much needed break from our routine, from the ways we typically do things, and it can often bring in a more casual approach to our lives. This is the time when many people take some form of break from work and obligations, but also a break from being cooped up inside! There are many more opportunities for us to get outside and enjoy the world that surrounds us!

 

Summertime can help us to feel more connected to the nature around us. Our bodies become in-tune with the season, often asking us for fresher, more natural foods, itching for more movement, and enjoying the fresh air and sunlight. Our days are longer, changing our sleeping patterns, and making each day feel like two. These feelings bring with them an awareness of our health, helping us to see more clearly where we are lacking and where we want to be.

 

So, how can we truly live in the moment, enjoying all that comes this summer? No matter where we are, what we are doing, vacation or work, we can all use these tips for enjoying this season and learning more about ourselves in the process.

 

  1. Bringing in the healthy habits. We can take this time to listen to our bodies, understanding more and more what makes us feel strong, healthy, and alive! From eating fresher foods, getting some extra vitamin D, breathing more fresh air, and getting outdoors more often than usual, each is a vital piece to healing ourselves and building great, long-lasting lifestyle choices.

 

  1. Doing something each day that challenges us. Each day is an opportunity for us to grow. While summertime is about taking it easy and enjoying, we can also infuse growth and exciting challenges into each day. Choosing to learn and grow this summer is the first challenge we can accept.

 

  1. Clear our minds. Summertime gives us the opportunity to shift from our routines, to infuse a little relaxation into our lives. Clearing our minds during this time is an important step in being present, enjoying what we do, understanding all we have done this year, and preparing for what comes next.

 

  1. Get outside more. No matter how often or how little we find ourselves in nature, now is the time to increase it tenfold. Connecting to nature helps us to connect to ourselves and others, understanding the world around us in a different and more simplistic way. Each of us has a connection to nature, now is the time to explore it further!

 

  1. Make time for the quiet. Bringing in more moments of complete silence, total stillness, even if just for a few minutes or even moments, shifts us from our trajectory. When we allow ourselves to be truly quiet, to sit with ourselves and all that comes, we are listening to ourselves, checking in, and helping to understand ourselves better.

 

  1. Strengthening our self-love! No matter how wonderful, beautiful, and amazing we may feel, summertime can bring out our insecurities more than any other season. We have often been told to stress about our bodies, bathing suits, and looking fit during summer. This year, we can shift our awareness to being self-conscious to being full of self-love.

 

  1. Bringing more play into our lives. No matter our age or lifestyle, we can all do with adding some more play into our lives, whether that means dancing, singing, building, creating, or even making more jokes and laughing more often! Play is what keeps us connected to one another and to ourselves, it’s how we explore the world. We can share this summer with the people around us and play more often!

 

How will you be diving head-first into summer? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing,

 

-Sam

 

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Climate Change Confusion?

2 years ago by SamMix

Climate Change Confusion?

For many of us here in the UK, this weekend has brought the warmest June days since 1976. While the sunshine and barbeques can be a wonderful welcoming of summer, they can also serve as an important reminder for how we should be treating the environment in which we live.

Climate change has become a part of debate, policy, conversation, and in some cases, belief with increasing intensity over the past few years. We see that in places like the United States, the topic continues to divide, with many still believing that this phenomena is not occurring. Where do we go from here? Informing ourselves is key. With so much information available to us, it can seem overwhelming and feel easier to just take the bullet points, or even further, to just ignore its existence and our role in shifting our environment.  

 

While the data largely exists and is relatively accessible, why do some of us ignore it?

 

In many instances, we can become stuck looking at the world from our singular perspective, making it more difficult to accept information that does not clearly align with what we are observing. A clear parallel to this in terms of concept of climate change is an often overlooked misunderstanding of the distinction between weather and climate. This is essentially the difference between what we see in our daily lives versus the overarching trends of weather in the areas we live. These trends are what we are concerned about, whether we see them in our daily lives yet or not.

 

It is often much more comforting to think that we have not harmed ourselves or others and that our futures are safely untouched. It can feel better to think our collective decisions may have had no impact, even when there is data telling us otherwise, it can feel safer to look to those telling us it might not be true. Regardless of where we fall on understanding or accepting climate change, we all have habits that are unhealthy for our bodies and wallets, as well as our earth. In changing these habits, we align being environmentally friendly to being cost efficient and living healthier, more mindful lives.

 

So what can we do?

 

While the research is telling us we may be past the point of turning it all around, there is a multitude of ways for each of us to get involved and make a difference in how much we impact the world around us.

 

  1. Getting informed and involved! Looking at the life-cycle of products and the impact each of our decisions makes allows us to truly understand how much we are impacting our world with the choices we make. Joining groups helps us to move our thoughts into potentially larger actions.

 

  1. Being mindful of our energy habits. Looking at our homes, our purchasing decisions, and our habits, there are many ways we can improve our energy usage, not only helping us to reduce our carbon footprint, but also to reduce the amount of money we pay in bills!

 

  1. Re-thinking our food. The ways in which many of us are eating is largely unsustainable and continues to be harmful for our environment. Each of us can take this opportunity to be more mindful about how our plate impacts our world. There are many ways to easily reduce our impact, just by re-thinking how we eat. It may even be healthier for our bodies and wallets at the same time!

 

  1. Taking a look at our transport choices. This aspect of being eco-friendly can be a barrier for many of us without a vast amount of choice. This aspect requires more long-term, collective work than merely our individual choices. Using and strengthening public transport is incredibly important, but there are many other great choices out there as well!

 

  1. What are we tossing? There is always room for improvement on how much waste we are producing and throwing into landfills. Small changes can make a huge difference, all we have to do is a bit of research!

 

Realising that every little bit counts, that when we collectively make different choices, we have immense power. Long-lasting change needs to include both the overarching policies as well as the everyday actions of people like us. Sharing information is a key part to this, so share yours now! If you have any tips, tricks, thoughts, or special experiences, be sure to share them in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing,

 

Sam

 

This weekend, don’t forget about Father’s Day!

Families are different shapes and sizes, so whether we have a direct father figure or not, it is very likely we all have some sort of male role model or figure in our lives. This weekend, we have the opportunity to celebrate these figures in our lives, the parts they have played in shaping us, and all that they have done, for us and for others.

The world of fathering has been shifting over generations, acutely changing within the past few years. We have brought more flexibility to what we consider a father, what roles fathers play, and how active they are in our families and communities. We have been creating room for people to act in the ways that fit them most and contribute in the deepest ways to the lives of others. We have been shifting for the better, according to many studies on fatherhood and families.

 

While current and future generations are being raised with different ideas of what being a father means, many of us need to look back. Forgiveness is often an important part of celebrating our parents. Many of us might feel the need to forgive our fathers, in particular. As a society, we have traditionally placed a heavy burden onto fathers with little room for straying from the expected breadwinning, manly, figurehead we had been told to expect. These expectations have had ripple effects upon entire generations of fathers, children, and mothers that go far beyond the immediate relationships. In many ways, we are taking steps to change these effects, as we see more discussion and more wiggle room and more acceptance of difference.

 

The involvement of father figures, in all of their forms, are incredibly important to the outcomes of children, families, and communities. We can all do our best to celebrate the great things these figures have done and will do in our lives, while making room for different types of fathering.

 

So, let’s celebrate! The fathers and father-figures in our lives deserve to be acknowledged, for all that they were, all that they could be, and all that they are. Let’s take this weekend as a challenge to get to know them more, understand their world, and to appreciate all they have done for us.

 

  1. Eliminate the pressure. There is no perfect day or perfect way to celebrate a human. We can make the celebration as close to what they might want as possible, but taking the pressure to have a perfect Father’s Day and to be a perfect dad can feel incredibly helpful for the whole family.

 

  1. Spend time together! We often get distracted in all of the little things that need to be done that we forget the purpose of days like this. Being mindful of how we’re spending our time this weekend can help bring us back to celebrating the people in our lives.

 

  1. Bring on the praise. Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs, one in which you often feel like nothing you do is enough. Sharing appreciation is one of the most impactful ways to celebrate a parent on their day.

 

  1. Share. The memories, appreciation, and the moments that stick with us are what matter. Telling our stories helps us to bring us closer, to see one another’s perspectives, and to remember all that we love about each other.

 

 

Most of all, make the time and space for gratitude this Father’s Day. There are so many wonderful fathers and father-figures in our lives and we should take some time to remember, praise, and celebrate all that they do on this day.

 

Share your stories, thoughts, or plans for this Father’s Day in the comments below!

 

 

Happy sharing and celebrating,

 

Sam

 

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Can We Create a Bit More Stability?

2 years ago by SamMix

Can We Create a Bit More Stability?

In light of recent political outcomes, for many it feels like the typically solidified parts of our society are very much up in the air at the moment. With incredibly important decisions to be made that will swiftly impact the majority of our lives in one way or another, we find ourselves hanging in the delicate balance of who supports who. Our opinions on how we would like our communities, country, and future to look all appear to be conflicting without much ease in sight.

 

With the world feeling somewhat crazier than usual right now, I’m sure that many of us could use a few extra suggestions on how to feel a little safer, bringing a bit more security and stability into our daily lives.

 

Knowingly or not, many of us place some form of trust in the stability of our governing bodies. We typically have some level of faith that our communities will act relatively logically and that those entrusted with overseeing the decisions made for our country will make balanced and reasonable decisions. When it appears that there may be cracks within this trust, it can become easy for anxiety to rise, both personally and collectively.

 

This kind of overarching anxiety can cause us to feel a lack of safety or security. We can see this in the kinds of questions we are asking and the types of solutions we are proposing. When asked if people feel that more police on the streets will help stop acts of violence, only around 12% said yes. It is becoming apparent that we do not have immediate answers to the gaps in safety many of us might be feeling.

So what can we be doing right now?

 

We typically think of safety as the circumstances physically surrounding us, however, a true sense of safety is much larger and much more complex than merely where we are and how well our alarm systems work. Our sense of security starts and ends with us. What happens around us has the ability to impact this greatly, but the ultimate power lies with each of us. We have the capability to determine how safe we feel.   

 

Deepening trust and support in our communities

 

  1. Look at our self-talk. The stories we tell ourselves matter. How often are we thinking negatively or fear-based? Can we change this to thinking more neutrally or even thinking that we are safe and protected?

 

  1. Work with uncertainty, not against it. “If we resist what is uncertain, our uncertainty grows, but if we accept it, letting go of our need to control what we can’t, we let go of the worry.

 

  1. Being more present. When we take a moment to think about what exactly it is we might be afraid of or feeling less secure about, we can understand it and move forward. Are we putting fear into what is happening in this moment or into hypothetical situations? Susan L. Smalley tells us us that “If you can remember the present moment, you can be less subject to anxiety.”

 

  1. Being honest with ourselves and others. When we accept honesty about fear within ourselves, we can also accept this honesty from others. It is okay for us to feel scared and to have horrible and unreasonable thoughts. When we are honest, we can recognise what stops us from moving away from the fear.

 

  1. Take time for reflection. Each of us needs time for reflection, regardless of how we are feeling. It is important that we allow ourselves the space and time to look back and dive deeper into our thoughts, actions, and feelings. When we observe and listen to ourselves, we can understand what we need more effectively.

 

 

When we strengthen our sense of safety within ourselves, we also work to create a sense of outer security outside of ourselves. When we feel strong, we can then look to strengthening our communities. Fear and safety oftentimes work in ripple effects. We get to choose which to work with and which to send out into the world.

 

Let us know your experiences, thoughts, and tips in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing!

 

Sam

 

 

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After The Election

2 years ago by SamMix

After The Election

Well, it is safe to say the political climate this year has been intense, not just at home, but around the world. With this election coming to a close, regardless of how we feel about the results, this weekend is probably a good time to pause, take a step back, and to gather our thoughts on how to move forward, together.

Regardless of actual outcome, people are going to disagree. We hear over and over again that we are largely divided. It is obvious in the ways we’re speaking, what we’re seeing and hearing in our newsfeeds, and in how we’re voting. It seems that there are two opposing narratives being told, but if we look much closer, we can see that we’re all a part of the same story.

 

If you’re feeling particularly disappointed, frustrated, or disempowered today with the results, remember that no matter the result, your involvement, vote, and voice still matter. If you’re celebrating today, remember that there is still a great amount of work to be done. This is not to be taken lightly. When people feel unheard and uncared for, we further the distance between us.

 

When we feel frustrated with those who disagree with us, we must remember that the more variety, and complexity, and number of ideas and interactions between people, the greater our opportunity to learn, to better ourselves, and to grow. This is how we move forward, together. We can’t feel afraid to share, but we must also remember to listen.

Sprinkle in some community and self-care this weekend with these tips

 

  1. Take a walk. Get out around your neighbourhood as well as in a community or area different from your own. Feel comfortable in remembering where you live, but also in your ability to branch out.

 

  1. Take some deep breaths. Whether from relief or frustration, take the breaths. Take a step back, do the best you can to relax.

 

  1. Focus on the good. Try writing a list of every good thing, person, event, place, or feeling in your life.

 

  1. Get outside! Take in some fresh air, re-connect to your favourite kind of nature. Remember that life is much bigger than what is happening in our lives at this moment.

 

  1. Focus on building bridges. This does not often happen in the large political events. Deep, lasting bridge building happens in the small moments between neighbours, strangers, friends, and acquaintances. Each of us has a part to play in how our future looks, so we can start getting more involved.

 

  1. Listen more than you speak. This time-tested saying holds true in these situations. The amount of potential growth that lies in paying attention to and listening to others is immeasurable.

 

  1. Take action. Each of us has a responsibility to reach out and to educate ourselves, even when it feels uncomfortable. We are all a part of a larger community and we all have a responsibility to become more involved.

 

 

Let us know your thoughts and reactions on this election in the comments below.

 

Happy sharing!

 

Sam

 

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Coming Together

2 years ago by SamMix

Coming Together

In the hours and days after a traumatic event happens, either within our own communities or far away, we often come across a number of reactions, feelings, and thoughts. It can be difficult to fully process what is happening around us and equally difficult to determine where we go from here.

These kinds of events seem to be less and less unusual, but our natural reactions to them are generally not less difficult. Many of us will struggle with feelings of anger and helplessness, looking for solutions and ways to feel a little more safe and in control. In these moments, we have the opportunity to choose which path we will take, together.

We can often become caught up in fear, not being able to move past the immediate and obvious negativity of what is happening around us. This is okay, for a time. It is okay for us to feel angry when painful, harmful, and tragic events like these happen. It is when we do not allow ourselves to see outside of these feelings that we can become a part of the larger problem.  

 

When we become so fixated on anger and pain that we do not see the good, kind, and hopeful moments happening at the same time, we can easily harm ourselves and others. It is crucial that we remember in difficult times how resilient we are as individuals and as communities. We are so much stronger than we think and our capacity to come together is what shines through.

 

So, what can we do to care for ourselves and others in the coming days, weeks, and months?

 

  1. Allow whatever comes. Allowing ourselves and others to feel and act exactly as they are, without judgement is important. Whatever comes naturally to us is perfectly alright, whether that is silence, talking, crying, laughing, or anything in between.

 

  1. Find a group. Support groups can be an incredible resource for many of us feeling a need for some extra care and support through a shared community. We can also create our own groups with the people around and even with those far away!

 

  1. Reach out to those we love. Checking in, talking to, and getting together with the people we love can help us immeasurably in times of stress.

 

  1. Deepening patience. In times like these, patience can feel difficult and even painful, but we often need much more of it. Knee-jerk reactions typically serve to make problems much greater. No matter how difficult, taking a step back and seeing the full picture before acting is rarely regretted.

 

  1. Opening up, not shutting down. Being vulnerable with one another, being honest about how we’re feeling, trusting one another, and helping to support one another is crucial in these moments. When we put up walls as a means of protection, we only further ourselves from genuine connection and healing.

 

  1. Share. Sharing our stories, our fears, and what brings us comfort, helps us and others to heal together. Recognising that others may not be ready to share as readily as we are is equally important. When we feel ready, share. Our insights and experiences might truly help those around us.

 

  1. Make time for what feels good. When we give ourselves the space to do the little things that bring us calm, joy, and even a sense of peace, we are allowing ourselves to heal. The list of what we can do is personal to what makes us feel good, but here are a few good places to start.

 

 

In times of tragedy, we have a great opportunity to create a stronger community and our actions in the coming days and months show how deeply we are able to connect, reach out, and support one another. We can choose anger or we can choose resilience. It is up to us.

 

We welcome your experiences, thoughts, and tips in the comments below.

 

 

Happy sharing,

 

 

Sam

 

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We’re all Talking Politics

2 years ago by SamMix

We’re all Talking Politics

It seems that 2017 has been nothing but a constant stream of heavily heated political opinions, discussions, fears, and strongly held beliefs. In less than a week, on June 8th, there will be a General Election here in the UK, one that seems to weigh heavily on most of our minds and is present in many of our discussions as of late.

Is it “good” that we’re talking about politics so much?

 

On one hand, yes! It is great that so many people are becoming involved and interested in this aspect of our society that has typically been seen as the stuffy, predictable, and boring body that maintains the status quo. If we look around, many of us can clearly see that people who were otherwise uninterested are now getting informed and becoming a part of the process. This is a very important piece of how our society functions and whether we all agree on the partiulars or not, it is a wonderful thing that more people are beginning to care and are taking action.

 

While more people are getting involved, it is important to remind ourselves that burnout is very real. When we are continuously surrounded by these types of discussions, we can easily frustrate, overexert, and exhaust ourselves as well as others. In a time where our worlds can be easily accessible and our thoughts are regularly shared instantly, we need to be a bit more careful with how we interact with one another. No matter how passionate or involved, it is important to be able to take a step back and realise when we (and others) might be needing a break.

 

Many of us are feeling divided. What do we do about it?

 

The issues being discussed are heavily weighted, they impact nearly all of us, and they are not to be taken lightly. While we all have opinions about what is best for us, for our communities, and for the country, we must remember to do our best to listen. We only feel divided when we do not take the time to appreciate and understand other sides. Everyone brings their own experiences and perspective on how the world around us works. These ideas shape how we view the best path forward and they are unlikely to change overnight.

 

These next few days might feel a little extra stressful and exhausting, so we must be sure to check in with ourselves and others. A little self-care can go a long way.

 

How to self-care during the coming week

 

 

  1. Take breaks. We must make time for what feels good to our bodies and minds. If that means watching a silly television show, taking a bath, or going on a hike, it’s important that we make room for these experiences.

 

  1. Patience, patience, patience. Change does not happen all in one go or all in one vote. True change happens in the day-to-day interactions, the little things that fill our lives. We must do our best to be patient, with ourselves, with others, and with our political processes.

 

  1. Have the tough conversations. When we can, we must find time for understanding. Where we feel division, there is room for connection and growth. If there are neighbours, friends, or family that we disagree with, starting a conversation with open ears and an open mind might help ease the distance.

 

  1. Listen more than we speak. This one is much easier said than done. We are often quick to share our thoughts and experiences, as they are naturally the ones we know and feel the deepest. We trust ourselves and our perspectives. It is much more difficult to open our minds to the experiences of others. In the next few days, we can do our best to take the more difficult and potentially more rewarding route.

 

  1. Take a step back. While this might feel stressful, it is important to take a step back and look at our lives as a whole. This political decision has the potential to change a lot, but our lives will not be immediately worse or better.  

 

  1. Take action. In whatever ways we can, even if it is only having a discussion with a friend or a neighbour, the little things matter. We can be sure to vote, share our information with others, and do the best we can.

 

  1. Show a little more gratitude. There are wonderful people, events, and spaces that are constantly surrounding us. It can be easy to get swept up into how bad and scary the world is, when in reality, if we look hard enough, there is always something beautiful happening around us. Making time and space to appreciate these things is incredibly important.

 

 

Let us know how you’re feeling pre-election! Share any thoughts, experiences, or advice in the comments below!

 

 

Happy sharing,

 

Sam