We are having a time. Prepping for your own future among collapse, ruin, and conspiracy, is exhausting and seems futile at worst, optimistic at best.
What’s a witch to do?
Resist much, obey very little~ Walt Whitman
Stay Clean: We are privy to trauma from around the world, 24/7. Add in the everyday violences and aggressions we encounter from irate drivers, hostile coworkers, and politicians, and we are in some deep trouble. Cleanse always. When you wake, after you read problematic and troublesome news, after a friend opens up about their suicidal thoughts, after You have them. At least do it upon waking and upon going to bed. This will help you begin at a neutral space. However, you may want to do a cleansing when you return home, in order to bring fewer problematic energies to your environment.
You can do Florida water in a spray bottle, a white light visioning practice, run a crystal along your body. The ways are as endless and varied as practitioners.
Protect: You can use a sigil, a piece of jewelry, a scent, or a visualization or prayer, but a protective shield of some sort is advisable. Perhaps you can avoid upsetting yourself beyond repair by weeding out what gets to you in the first place. Protect your psyche. Fill it with music, art, and energies that fulfill and revive you, even if that means watching “Love, Actually” once a week or playing Marvin Gaye endlessly.
Prayer: Pray for us. Collectively. We all need help. Those who damage us need help to wake up and repent and repair. Those damaged need repair and justice. The animals, plants, land, and water, are all suffering. Pray for those who are with us. Pray for the actions of those against us to turn to ash. Pray for the apathetic to shake it off and join us.
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Forgive: Forgive what you can. It’s a hard world out there and we will not be able to attend to it 24/7. We will let others down and we will be let down. We will turn to coping mechanisms, both healthy and unhealthy. Forgive what you can.
Check In: When you’re having a good day and have some energy to spare, check in on a friend. When you’re not, contact a friend and tell them what’s going on with you. Humans are social creatures.
Journal: Journaling has many mental health benefits. Getting feelings out on paper/computer screen means they take up less space in your mind. Gratitude journals are great reminders that there are still good things in abundance.
Have Some Fun: Admittedly, sometimes fun these days feels like playing the violin while the Titanic sinks, but we have to live now. Hike, garden, see concerts, whatever makes you happy. Make a list of things that make you happy from the simple to the complex. A good cup of Earl Grey, the smell of baking apples, the purr of your cat, sunrise, birdsong…When things get bad, turn to those.
Support What You Can: Sign petitions, mail letters, make phone calls. Give whatever cash you can and volunteer whenever possible. Share art, fundraisers, tip well. Make gift bags for the homeless person you pass on your commute with clean underwear, baby wipes, toothpastes, toothbrush, and a serving of your meal with real silverware, and a cloth napkin and soap.
Embrace every joy you run across.