this is where I go mentally sometimes when I’m feeling anxious and unhappy. it helps me to stop what I’m doing, go sit somewhere quiet, close my eyes and imagine I am somewhere beautiful in nature, alone, and calm. I put all my thoughts into visualizing this perfect place filled with things that make me feel happy, and I just focus on my breathing. Then I imagine the thing I have to do next in my real life, and I prepare myself to do it and I remind myself that I must do it and I shall be proud of myself for doing it and that will in turn take away some of my anxiety and make me feel happier. I also try to go on walks when I am feeling this way, at least 20 minutes- I always feel some relief after moving physically and keeping my thoughts as focused as possible.
For some of us, we sometimes need a moment to reboot our strength and for me, meditation and some fantasy helps me do that. I encourage everyone to try different ways of easing your mind before deciding that you’ve got a problem you’re stuck with- chances are very high that you just haven’t experimented enough with ways to help yourself! Fucking try!
This photo was from several months ago. :-(
I don’t say this lightly,
but oh fuck
I live in LA so I just thought I’d add a little more information about this for those of you who don’ know a lot about the drought.
here’s the latest updated map I could find
All of California is now in a moderate drought and above. As of August, over half of California is turning into the dark red zone, which is an exceptional drought, which is, of course, very bad. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that we are fined to up to $500 if we are seen wasting water (sprinklers watering the pavement instead of plants, etc), and some cities are enforcing water rationing laws.
Our agriculture and economy is even being affected. Many farmers are losing their jobs because their plants are dying and not being watered enough. Some farmers are tearing down many of their crops so that the water that would have been used for those can be used for other crops. I should remind you that California provides over half of the country’s food, so this will not only affect the people who live in California, but everyone in the U.S. as well.
There’s also a chance that if the drought continues for the next year, then there’s a chance that we might have to migrate out of California.
So, for those of you living in California, please conserve your water! Every drop counts! Even doing little things like throwing the ice cube you dropped into a plant to water it instead of throwing it into the sink will help! For more ways to save water, check here