I'm lucky, everyone I know that live in the paths of all of these places are ok but many people have lost everything. Even $1.00 will add to the other $'s to help. I certainly can't afford to donate to all of the areas but we can at the very least, donate to the Red Cross.
If all of this devastation hasn't caused a bit of depression in you, you're 1 tough cookie, I think. Me, sometimes I think I'm all cried out then another tragedy happens and the flood gates burst open again.
How do we deal with this in our own minds? I dunno. For myself, I did donate. I do speak out against the violence, I do reach out to friends and family to be sure they're ok. I write my Senators and Representatives as well as other Congressional peoples and I cry. I let it out. Thats my way, but there are many folks out there who hold it all in and find themselves caught in this awful crippling state of depression.
Depression is a crippler and we need to be aware of it when it begins to strike us. I know it's not always easy to understand or see it in ourselves but we need to find ways to combat it. It's not a shameful thing. You are so NOT alone.
Now, dealing with all of these disasters while NOT being there directly, can be depressing, won't be crippling but it probably feels that way or you have your own issues. But either way, face it head on. Find someone you trust to talk to. Give yourself some positive self-talk. Search for that positive reason for being, celebrate the little accomplishments (no matter how small), know it's "ok" to have crappy days or set-backs. Know that people do care about you. Try to surround yourself with those people. If you just don't answer their calls or texts or emails, know they'll forgive you. Just reach out when you can.
Crippling or not, depression sucks. It can be completely devastating but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You'll go through both good days and bad days and your support people will too. Try to pull yourself outa that bed. That can be the hardest thing to do in this, just get out of that damn bed. Get dressed, put on some color, some jewelry, look at some of the art you have in your home and try to remember why you acquired it. Try to find some JOY in anything. It will help.
Now remember, I'm not a psycho-therapist, but I have done some reading and if you have a friend going through something like this, please oh please, reach out to them. Not that you need to call everyday, but occasionally would be helpful. They may not respond but just knowing someone is out there can help them immensely.
All in all, just be kind to each other, be respectful. When it all comes down to it, we need to live together in this world. It's ours, not mine or yours, ours.
Here in Tucson, we have a "Be Kind" group called Ben's Bells. It's a wonderful project. Here is their mission statement; to inspire, educate and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.
They make and send out bells with ceramic flowers to hang. Check 'em out.
Please, kindness is never out of style. Helping others is never out of fashion. Our world needs tending to and we, humans, are the only ones who can do something.
Well, thats it for now. Peace out folks and keep dancing