If you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re less able to help others. As with disaster preparedness, the first step to helping is to avoid becoming a victim yourself.

Take care of yourself. We need you. We’re all in this together.

You can find lots of actions you can take in the Health section. Pay particular attention to the suggestions on Self-Defense and Mental Health.

It’s a good idea also to work on Disaster Preparedness. Remember that a disaster doesn’t necessarily mean a regional catastrophe; it can also be personal. Someone who loses their housing may be more affected than most of the victims of a major earthquake. The practical work, planning, and mental preparations of being ready for disaster will give you the resilience to survive when life gets chaotic.

Alongside your projects to increase your stability, structure time into your daily life to be calm, restore your energy, and enjoy the good things. There are always good things, even amidst the crappiest times. Make room to be alone and to be with people you love and who love you. Take deep breaths. Get enough sleep. Feed yourself healthy food. Take your medications. Do exercise you enjoy. Talk through your stresses with a good friend or therapist. Self-care isn’t selfish; we need every one of us to have the strength to increase the good in the world.

Build yourself a foundation to stand up against any storm that comes our way.