“We’ll have just enough time to batten down the hatches before the storm hits.” Barbara Moore
((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))
The Four Horsemen have been incredibly busy.
If you keep up on current events at all, you know things have been heating up all over the world; although much of the world still considers itself “safe,” the impact of world events can be felt in the rising prices of food, fuel, building materials, and politics have become a circus beyond anything P.T. Barnum ever imagined. We are indeed living in interesting times.
BAD NEWS: Storms are coming right to our doors – literally as well as figuratively.
The Spring/Summer Storm Season approaches, bringing rains, winds, tornadoes, flooding. The political landscape is intensifying, and people are becoming ragged with anxiety on the subject.
GOOD NEWS: It is not too late to create calm and security for yourself.
This is a time for small steps to have a big impact. These are simple things you can do to create a feeling of security in your home and in your life (as always, it is better to have it and not need it):
- Do you have an emergency kit? Easy enough to put together and you can find helpful suggestions online. Google is your friend.
- How much gas is in the tank? Make sure your gas tank is never less than half full.
- Where is your first aid kit? Make sure you know where all emergency supplies are kept – fully stocked, easily accessible. Again, Google is your friend for useful suggestions on what to keep on hand.
- Do you have cash? You already know why this is important.
REMINDER: Not all challenging events are physical in nature – emotional and spiritual storms can be just as devastating as a tornado.
These interesting times can severely impact us internally with worry, anger, fear, frustration, self-doubt, etc. While I do not advise withdrawal into the self, I do have some self-care suggestions to help keep personal storms from wreaking total havoc:
- Exercise: Take a walk. Go to the gym. Practice yoga in your living room. Dance to the radio. Stretch like a cat. Whatever movement works for you, do it. It is good for you mentally as well as physically, and that will help ease you emotionally.
- Eat well: Junk food contributes to junk thoughts and feelings. Clean foods contribute to clean thoughts and feelings. Fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, all good for you!
- Meditate: This can be as simple as drinking a cup of tea or as advanced as astral projection – again, whatever works for you. Just be in the moment completely.
- Journal: Put your thoughts down – once preserved elsewhere, your mind can let them go. Try not to overthink it, allow yourself the release.
- Sleep: While we all know over-sleeping is escapism (NOT advocating that!), most people simply do not get enough actual rest. Plan for eight hours of sleep; to help this along, no screens an hour before – give your brain an opportunity to power-down. Everything is easier when we are well-rested.
TAKEAWAY: Roll up your sleeves! It’s not impossible – you can do it!