Staying connected to others is an important part of healing, recovering, and life in general. We thrive off these connections, we depend on them, especially when going through hard times.
Recently the quarantine has thrown the whole world into hard times. Keeping up with connections can be tough when life’s responsibilities need attention, but once the quarantine hit we weren’t given a choice. Even if free time was available to nurture those connections, we were forced to stay indoors and stay away from friends and family.
This isolation has caused feelings of loneliness in a lot of us.
Feelings of loneliness can lead us to sink deeper into our anxiety and depression.
This can be especially frustrating when we have worked so hard to overcome these feelings. So how are we to maintain the strength of those connections when we can’t come together for social interaction? How do we stay out of our shell when that is the only place we are “allowed” to be? What can we do to overcome the dark cloud of depression?
First things first, practice self-evaluating. Check in with yourself to see how you’re feeling that day. Are you feeling extra lonely? Is depression creeping back up and weighing heavy on your mind? The minute you realize that you’re falling into that black hole of isolation, take a step towards climbing out. Even if it’s just a baby step, take it. Take a shower. Step outside into the sunshine. This will help you get grounded and take the next step to nurture those connections with your loved ones.
Next, look at social media as a tool you can use to stay connected. Go on Facebook and see what your friends have been up to lately. Watch those Instagram stories and laugh at all the antics your nieces and nephews have been up to. Bring some light and laughter into your world. Let that lighten the load of the depression and loneliness you’ve been feeling.
Send a message or a text to your circle of friends. Maybe they’ve been feeling lonely just like you. It’s possible you’ve been isolating yourselves and retreating back into your shells together without even knowing it! During these days of lock-down, plan a virtual hangout. This gives you that connection while still adhering to the “stay at home” orders. Zoom and Skype are free and easy to use and amazing resources for staying connected. Hop on a video call with a group of your friends and make dinner together, have a drink, or just sit and chat about how you’ve been feeling lately. This can be therapeutic and help relieve those feelings of loneliness.
Once this lock-down is over you can nurture your friendships through face-to-face coffee dates, dinner dates, or however you choose to get out of the house! But in the meantime, remind yourself why you connected with your friends in the first place. Common interests, dislikes, understanding of the difficulties with mental health. You bonded with your people because they understand you. Don’t let the bad days cause you to forget that solid fact. Reach out, whether it be through social media, text, or a phone call. Let them know you are struggling and I guarantee your friends will understand. They will be there to support you and help you get through those hard times. A pesky quarantine can’t destroy the bonds you have created. Don’t give it the power to make you believe otherwise.
Today we honor Greg Z. job well done sir! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your journey and being apart of ours in our darkest moments. TODAY…… An angel was called home. Greg was a man of few words but his actions spoke volumes to millions all over the world. one could only hope to help as many people as he did in his lifetime. He was a beacon of Love, Hope, and Healing throughout the world in it’s darkest moments, Greg would be there with a smile, a kind word, a great big hug, a moment of prayer and help people through the darkest moments of their lives. I was able to spend time with him on a few occasions and truly grateful for the brief time i got with him. May we all live a life that has as much impact as his. Thank you sir for all you did to help the world heal. God Bless. IF YOU WANT TO DONATE TO THE FAMILIES GOFUNDME:
We are working hard to build something that will last and help many people change the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are working on a big project with Dee that will start with our young ones and help build one act at a time! We are excited to roll it out when it is ready to launch here soon!
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Our Route 91 Family is devastated and our hearts are heavy after hearing about the tragedy at Borderline. Survivors, please know you are not alone. Resources are available. The following is what has been shared with Lovewins.
To our friends in Thousand Oaks- Jessica Morris (therapist) “I am offering FREE therapy services to ANYONE affected by the tragic shooting that occurred tonight at Borderline in Thousand Oaks, CA. My private practice is located in Westlake Village, CA (818)216-4465). Thank you”
From the Vegas Resiliency Center. I am an employee of the VegasStrong Resiliency Center. We are saddened to hear about the tragic events that occurred last night at the Borderline Bar. We understand that many of our Route 91 Survivors were in attendance. We would like the opportunity to reach out to them to provide our support. Could you please make a post on your pages with a link to our Facebook page that we are here and want to provide ongoing support through this difficult time. Unfortunately, we still do not have a complete list of survivors. It is imperative that this information be shared, so that we can offer the support and services that survivors are eligible for. We are open Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm. Our direct line to the call center is (702)455-2433. Our email is VegasStrongRC@clarkcountynv.gov and our webpage is www.VegasStrongRC.org. We were here for you then and we are here for you now.
Today….. I woke up this morning with a zest for life and refreshed and balanced. As we inch closer to the 6 month mark, so much has happened. #LOVEWINS has taken on a life of its own. The Board has taken HUGE steps to take it to the next level. 501c3 in action and the people we are helping are forever grateful this month angel is being celebrated and we are helping other movements within the #COUNTRYSTRONG family and it’s truly humbling the people that are reaching out and helping us, every donation is appreciated and is greatly appreciated and used wisely and in the most effective manner. I am working hard with everyone involved at all levels to make sure we have a GREAT COUNTRY CONCERT SEASON this year. Be on the lookout for #LOVEWINS at all concerts in SO-CAL and other cities near you. Alicia SotoSoto is hosting the next #LOVEWINS PHOTO GATHERING AND HEALING in the I.E. more information to be released soon. The date is April 22! I’m excited to come and capture the love and healing. I’m working on something super special for #LOVEWINS movement and will have the announcement sooner then later! Guys keep it up. We are making a difference one random act at a time. I’m doing a challenge today…… I’m starting it off with a $58 donation to #LOVEWINS IN HONOR OF OUR 58 GUARDIAN ANGEL’S, and what I’m asking of you, donate what you can and for every donation of $5.00 or more you will receive a #LOVEWINS braclett that was donated so generously by Sherry Evans Hansen to #LOVEWNS and I’ll do that till they are gone. We are changing lives because of YOU GUYS! I’m truly humbled by the support we are receive from a little idea, that turned
into a mission that started a movement! Truly humbled to be on this journey with all of you! To donate go to www.lovewinsofficial.org THANK YOU! #HOPELOVEHEALING #LOVEWINS #COUNTRYSTRONG #STRENTGHINNUMBERS #LOVEISTHEANSWERMUSICISHEALING
LOVE IS THE ANSWER
MUSIC IS HEALING…….
Oct. 1 2017 will forever be apart of who I am but I made a decision on Oct. 3 to take a stand and not let evil win in my life and define me. #LOVEWINS was born that morning and has taken on a life of its own. Sunday we came together and celebrated OUR lives and those who are no longer here anymore. It was my first time back to Vegas and the drive there was a long one with God and I having a deep conversation if I was on the right path. It hasn’t been easy being on this path with the world at odds with LOVE these days…. the madness that is our news cycle sometimes can cause you to lose your faith in humanity. And then one day something happens and it’s a make it real simple to say Duck this ish…. And just walk away from it all. Instead I leaned into it and fought my way through it a moment at a time, from the sleepless night, the mood swings, the PTSD, from literally having my wife and my little mini rubbing my head to help me to fall asleep. And in the midst of it all, a fire was lit in my spirit that has turned into a full fledged wildfire called #LOVEWINS. It’s not about anything other then helping those we can, reaching out, and being there for others when needed. My mission is simple, remind people that love still exist in the real world and not just in the movies, to help people get back into their lives with their new normals, and remind people what brought us together, the LOVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC. Last Sunday was the culmination of 3 months of hard work by the Board of Directors of #LOVEWINS Renee Kathleen Frangella Shani Prieto Steve Guido Munoz Greg Phelps Kristen Sartini Lasher Amanda Johnson Lisa Ochoa and all this was spear headed by Shawna Lynn Bartlett who took my idea and knew how special it would be for everyone and made it an event to remember. Life has many moments that can define you or you can use to refine you, you choose! I’m proud to say that I see people using #LOVEWINS to help refine the moment and not let it define you. We had people come from several different states on Sunday and even family from Canada. A huge thank you to Nelson’s Landings to allow us to hold our event there. The band who played their hearts out for us, the food truck for the great food, the volunteers who helped, the photographers who gave of their time and talent to capture the memories, local Law enforcement for coming by and checking on us and making sure we were safe, and for the media that came and told our story of hope and love. It was a truly humbling experience for a guy from EAST L.A. who had a simple idea and to see what it has become. If you can do me a favor today and flood the timelines with YOUR #LOVEWINS movement…. would truly mean alot to us. If you want to help out please feel free to check out
We have some great things on the horizon.
“A random act of kindness WILL change the world!
#LOVEWINS #COUNTRYSTRONG #STRENTGHINNUMBERS
Today was the Las Vegas #LOVEWINS HEALING AND PHOTO GATHERING and it was FULL of love, laughter, and happiness! We have taken a stance of not letting evil win and showing the world that we stand as one and will forever be bonded as such. As the rest of the world notices that we are quetiely and humbly building something very special that will be here for a long time. I am so grateful and blessed to be apart of this team. I can’t wait for the concert season to begin and make the most of every show and embrace our love of country music and kick the dust up because…..
There are no words… There are no words to express the heartache for all the families involved in Florida today. There are no words to share that we can empathize with you. There are no words that can take away this terror or bring back your child. The only thing I can say, as I write this through tears, is that you are not alone. Unfortunately, this world can be so cruel at times, yet please believe that it is love that will carry you through this tragedy. Us survivors, from the Las Vegas shooting are here. We are here as a safe place. A place of understanding, a place to share your fears and a place to help you overcome such ugliness. From myself and all survivors, we are truly sorry for the loss of so many lives, the terror that so many children experienced and the parents. Man, the parents, waiting on the outskirts to hear if their babies are safe. We are truly sorry for all that you have experienced. Please believe we are here to support you through this unimaginable time. #LOVEWINS