First, make your world smaller
I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately, but not in the way I would expect given the sad, scary, and generally negative things going on in the world.
I've been overwhelmed with gratitude for my little corner of the world. I've felt my world contract around me and reinforce how truly authentic and meaningful the relationships in my life are. I've gotten to spend quality time with so many different friends from all stages of my life in the last month or so and I am deeply grateful for the amazing people whom I call my close friends (including family).
When the world is feeling big and scary, I think we all have to remember that it is the people closest to us who will bring us the greatest joy and comfort. When I am so filled with closeness and connection in my own life, it gives me the energy and enthusiasm to do more for the larger community outside my inner circle who are hurting.
Isn't that how it always is? It's the unpopular and overused "put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others" analogy showing up in a whole new light.
This may be obvious for you in the context of connection, but it's not for me. I have a tendency to shut down, internalize and not reach out when I'm feeling less than stellar. The thing is, with people whom I can trust, there is no better remedy than open up more, share more, and be more present.
If that's difficult for you, I challenge you to try it this week. I think you'll be amazed how much energy and life it gives you to serve the complete strangers who are suffering right now.