When tragedy hits, it affects all of us. We could be living in the town, state or country where it happened. But we don’t have to be. Crisis reminds us we’re vulnerable, we can’t control everything, and there are evil people in the world. This type of news can floor the most put together person and it can destroy those of us who are extra sensitive. It can turn our vision of the world upside down.

At the same time, it’s a reminder that we’re all human and in the face of tragedy we’re more alike than we’re different. If we could hold onto the love, compassion and empathy we have for those in need, we might change our world for the better.

You might be feeling anxious lately because of what’s going on in the media and that could be percolating into your daily life. If you’re struggling with anxiety because you’re highly sensitive or creative, you’ll appreciate our posts on why the two are intertwined with tips on how to feel less anxious now. If you’re like many of us right now who need a way to come down from the fear, anxiety and overwhelming sense of hopelessness in response to the Boston tragedy, you’ll gain a lot from our posts on being vulnerable and how to cope. Whatever you’re going through this week, take care of yourself.

{Flickr photo by Darren Tunnicliff}

To Be More Creative Deal With Anxiety
(The Creative Mind) – Anxiety and creativity go hand-in-hand. It’s actually quite normal to experience anxiety in the process of creative expression. But phobia and panic can be a detriment to those in the creative field. Learn more here.

Anxious? A Simple Yoga Posture That Helps
(Channel N) – Yoga can help combat stress, insomnia and anxiety. Watch this short video with a guided yoga posture to help you feel better now.

The Neuroscience of Learning to Trust Yourself
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Strength can come from vulnerability. Learn to be more mindful of these often difficult moments and you will be better equipped to withstand more challenging events.

After the Boston Marathon Tragedy – Taking Care Yourself When Traumatic Events Occur
(Family Mental Health) – If the recent bombing in Boston has you emotionally drained and overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Read this to get tips on how to take care of your emotional needs during trauma and tragedy.

Paper Tigers
(360 of Mindful Living) – Do you take things too personally? This short post looks at the evolutionary reason why you or someone personalizes everything.