If you're reading this, I want to start off by congratulating you for making it through August! You have survived (and hopefully thrived) through yet another month of existence, and hoo boy, it gets rough out there. So, before reading any further, go ahead and pour yourself a glass of water and take a deep breath, you're doing a good job.
You don't have to look far to find news stories that make your soul want to crumple up into a tiny charcoal ash, soon to disintegrate into a flame of despair. There are a lot of cruel people in power, and global issues like climate change and the growing wealth gap can easily foster a feeling of helplessness about the state of the world. Given the nature of the 24/7 news cycle, it's super easy to get buried in terrifying stories you don't have the capacity to fully emotionally process.