We live in an area that's not been directly threatened by fire, though there's a large one not far to the north of us and another not far to the south of us. I'm grateful we haven't been in the direct path but we have been mostly confined to the house for weeks now because of the smoke. When the really thick, acrid smoke rolls over the area there's no option but to stay indoors.
But we can't complain. So many lives have been shattered and so many people have been traumatised by the fires. What can we do to help?
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The other thing that's important is to take care of yourself and people around you. I know I've been anxious and worried the whole time and talking about it is helping me deal with these stresses. Maybe you can chat to your neighbour, a friend, or someone in your family? There's an article here that could also help: Bushfires and mental health. Remember you are not alone in in struggling with anxiety about the fires.
Overall, simply be kind. You can never know how another person is coping with these traumatic events. Your kindness can help support someone through difficult times. Let's hope the rains come soon.