If you’re feeling sad, angry, fearful, or overwhelmed by the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, please know that you’re not alone. And if you’re not sure what you feel or haven’t processed what you’re feeling yet, that’s ok. I want to encourage you to be gentle with yourself as you process whatever it is you’re feeling.
As a therapist, I am processing this, too. I’m processing what this means for me, my loved ones, my clients, and our country. The news broke just before my first session of the day on that
Friday, and I was processing what this means right alongside my clients that day. I’ve cried a lot, and I’ve channeled my rage into making sure I’m aware of what resources are available. Being aware of the resources available to me helps me to feel like I’m more prepared to deal with this reality.
I want my clients to know that I’m here to help them navigate this new reality, too. Therapy provides a safe space for unpacking all that you may be feeling and thinking about this. Laws, policies, and regulations have real impact on people’s lives, and I hope my clients know that there’s always space to talk about these things in session. If you need a place to feel all your feelings and let it all out, I and the other therapists here at WCC are here for you.
Take a moment to tune in to yourself now. What do you notice? Are you carrying tension in your body? Are you worrying about the future? Take a moment to just notice what’s going on inside of you—not to judge it, but rather to notice with curiosity. See if you can offer some compassionate awareness for whatever it is that’s coming up for you now.
I believe that offering ourselves self-compassion during this time is vital for our well-being. I would like to invite you to think about what it is you need during this time. Maybe it’s creating space for rest. Maybe it’s taking a bath or watching some comedy. Maybe it’s moving your body in a way that feels good for you. Maybe it’s enjoying a favorite meal. Maybe it’s connecting with a friend. Maybe it’s allowing yourself to have a good cry.
If increasing your awareness of what you need feels strange or uncomfortable for you, please know that this is normal, especially if you are new to this kind of practice. Wherever you find yourself, I want to encourage you to notice whatever it is that you need to feel cared for, and I invite you to honor that and to make caring for yourself a priority. Caring for ourselves is a vital component of being able to care for others. Caring for ourselves will help us carry on with fighting for freedom, empowerment, and autonomy for all. So with all sincerity I say, take care.