What has this period of time showed you?

What I have seen has been eye opening for sure. I have seen hate being directed in every direction, in levels that are so extreme it's overwhelming. I see finger pointing,

How are we coping with this? Me, I'm feeling the need to step up and offer assistance. But many of us are feeling like we don't have any way out. My eyes have been opened to how detrimental this crisis is on our mental health.

I'm not an alcoholic. But let me tell you, my inbox is blowing up with people who are desperate, depressed and longing for assistance right now. And I'm going to give that to you. In the comments below, I am going to share some links to virtual AA meetings and counselors that can help you during these times so you can navigate this period alive.

I have had a dear friend of mine attempt suicide three times since this crisis hit. I have had friends relapsing after years of sobriety. Why? Because isolation is hard on our psyche. It is hard on our spirits and it makes it easier for us to slide into depressive thoughts.

Isolation isn't helping our mental health.

You're not alone. Many feel the exact same way you are feeling right now. This is uncertain times we are in, especially those of us in the oil and gas industry, make it easier for those darker thoughts to creep into our energy, into our minds.

Me- I'm a weirdo loner, I have never had tons of social interaction and I am very happy with that. #BlackSheep #OddDuck #Loner I'm all of that and I'm happy with that.

But this time more than ever we need to check in on our friends. Call them, Facetime them, text them. Ask them how they are doing, if everything is okay and if they need to vent let them.

Be there to support our fellow humans during this unsettling time. Besides, all you're doing is calling a friend. A friend who might have some really dark thoughts going on right about now... We can find comfort in helping our friends and family, and also help provide us the socialization we need during these times.

Now we are being called to acknowledge our preconceptions, ideas and feelings about our situations. Now isn't the time to change it, but it is the time to become aware of it. Don't try to control this, instead just allow it to be. Hold your space, and allow the world to continue to turn without your stress or anxiety contributing to it. Disconnect from these burdens you are carrying, and just allow them to sit there until the time comes to process them. It's not like you can do anything about them anyways.

All of this is to prepare ourselves to make the necessary changes when we come out of this crisis- which will be soon. When we can be present for someone else's difficulties with calmness and stillness, we are able to hear them, and provide for them as friends.

We are then able to take that exact energy and apply it to ourselves, and come out of this with new perceptions, new beliefs and a new take on life.

Changes are coming. Reach out to your friends. Reach out for help, you are not alone in your struggle.

Don't allow this crisis to kill your spirit.

Links:

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Helpline:
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Disaster Distress Hotline:
1-800-985-5990

Treatment Centers near you:
https://www.findtreatment.gov/

AA
https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources

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Victoria Dellapaolera
Victoria is a Christian minister practicing spiritual healing and development in Williston, North Dakota. Victoria has worked with horses her entire life, and has learned many of her healing techniques from the horses. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2020 Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Human Services and Sports and Exercise Psychology; gaining her associates degree in Farm and Ranch Management and Equitation from Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana in 2012.. Victoria received her shamanic rites in 2018, after spending the majority of her life with the spirit of the horse learning the basics of communication, healing, and intuition.
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