In the book Broken Open, Elizabeth Lesser writes that there is an “unbelievable amount of vitality in a broken heart.”
That may offer little solace as we reel from the heartbreaking killing of 19 young children and two teachers in a Texas elementary school this week. And the racist attack that took the lives of 10 grocery shoppers in Buffalo, New York, the week before. And … And … And … the too many tragedies in recent years to count.
But there is perhaps a glimmer of hope in the fact that we have not gone numb. It means that we are alive to caring for others — and that the “unbelievable amount of vitality” in our heartbreak can inspire us to action.
At the same time, in times like these, we must prioritize our mental health. That’s why, at the close of what happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to offer some of our favorite, actionable tips for how to boost your well-being. They come from real-life experience, research, and even ancient wisdom traditions.
May something here be useful to you. And may we all remember: What ultimately matters, as Lesser writes, is “the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.”