George Floyd protests across the US

It’s been an extraordinary week in America and around the world, as anger, pain and heartbreak have erupted over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police.

The protests, unrest, outrage and fear have been impossible to ignore, and they come amid a pandemic that had already turned life upside down for many.

If you’re feeling hopeless, you’re not alone. CNN asked some experts for ways to get through it.

1. Acknowledge your feelings and put a label on them: “I think the most important thing is to acknowledge and sit with the idea that something is making us uncomfortable,” said Alfiee Breland-Noble, psychologist and founder of mental health nonprofit, the AAKOMA Project.

2. Connect with others: “It’s really crucial that we don’t use this time to alienate ourselves,” said Andrea Bonior, licensed clinical psychologist and author of “Detox Your Thoughts,” addressing the isolating effects that the coronavirus has had on many people.

“We’re already coming from a baseline of loneliness where we’re all feeling a little disconnected. The research is very clear that increased social support has all kinds of positive benefits for mental health and for our emotional well-being,” she added.

3. Get involved: “People feel hopeless because they don’t know what to do, and they feel like the little thing they’re doing is not enough,” Breland-Noble said.

She notes that “whatever that little thing is that you’re doing, that’s all you can do for now.”

4. Be kind to yourself: It’s important to practice self-care to help you get centered. For some people that may be a walk in nature, for others meditation or yoga.

“Try to work within your bandwidth, using things that are accessible,” Breland-Noble said. “If you’re going to meditate, and it’s like eight people in a two-bedroom home, maybe you have to literally go into the bathroom and sit there for five minutes with your headphones on,” she said.

5. Acknowledge the good: “Oftentimes in the darkest of times, we’re only seeing the anger, we’re only seeing the chaos,” Bonior said. “We’re tuning out the smaller aspects of kindness, the smaller aspects of people helping each other.”

She pointed out some of the kinder acts of love we’re seeing at the protests, like people standing up and protecting others or volunteers handing out water to protesters.

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source: cnn.com