With so many devastating things going on in the world it can feel like it’s coming at us from all sides. And you know what? It is.
But here’s the thing, every once in awhile we need to unplug. Trying to strike a balance between being aware of current events and maintaining our own sanity is an art form.
Mainstream media does a good job at feeding the fear, anger, and hatred inside of ourselves. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve worked with in the last year, who have shared that they’re that much angrier after watching the news, or worried, scared, or are experiencing greater chaos in their day-to-day. The news can be addicting, but if that’s the case, then we’re addicted to something that is so terribly unhealthy for us and I suspect traumatizing us day in and day out. Like a bad abusive relationship.
To be regularly (or for some, obsessively) engaged with the news is too hard on our mind and it’s way too hard on our hearts. Not to mention it comes at us from everywhere. Social Media, TV, the Radio, our conversations with friends.
Try to find a way to protect your space from the constant bombardment. There’s nothing wrong with being engaged to a certain point, there’s a lot of very important global conversations going on right now (#MeToo) but if you’re at a point where it’s affecting you on a psychological or physical level then it’s time to take a break. Give that gift to yourself. Even consider it an experiment. Take time away from it and see how you feel, or maybe change the source of which you’re receiving the news.
For me, I’m an extremely visual person. Watching the news was a horrifying experience and I decided it was time to cut the visual feed out. So I turned to radio. I found a trusted station I enjoy and I tune in once in awhile to catch up on current events. By isolating my senses, I found I was able to hear what was going on without spinning out like I would if I was watching the news. Every one is different, so find what works for you, and practice moderation.
Remember if you don’t protect your psychic space, no one else will.
Let us give more time to allowing the mind to idle while enjoying a beautiful day. That in of itself is so important to our wellbeing and health.
Lots of blessings to all of you,