As you know, our site is dedicated to advice, self-help, positivity and depression hacks . . . However, there are very few optimistic or encouraging words to write in response the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Much like the Las Vegas mass shooting, it is a dire, far reaching tragedy that brings sadness, anger and hopelessness to the masses.
In many cases, global tragedies such as this can bring on or exacerbate depression. How are we supposed to deal the repercussions of such a horrific incident? People react in all sorts of ways, ranging from extreme anger, to complete denial. No one is to say there is a right or a wrong way to respond. What is important though, is that we respond in a healthy way. Beware of letting the tragedy become yours.
Don’t take this the wrong way. If you feel the desire to take action, do it! Do what you can to help and console those affected or join a movement to fight for change and speak out. That is your right. You don’t have to forget either. It’s important to stay vigilant and learn from experiences both positive and tragic. What we are suggesting is that you protect yourself from letting all of the negativity in the world bring you down and keep you down.
In order to do this, you have to learn to accept the reality of the tragedy. Allow yourself to experience the feelings of sadness and anger no matter what level they are at. Those are normal reactions and they are important to experience. Once you experience them, however, you have to find a way to let them go. You have to make a decision to move on in a positive way (our site is full of posts on how to help you do this).
Look within yourself and choose to get through it. Seek outside help if you need to. It’s your job to take care of yourself no matter how bad things may get. The Parkland, Florida school shooting is pretty much almost as bad as it gets. Counter the bad in the world with good. Be grateful. Be kind. Be generous. You can still be joyful and have peace, experience love and awe and wonder. This is starting to sound like a Hallmark card, but the point we are trying to make is clear. You can deal with tragedy.
We offer our prayers and love to you all.