The news and social media has been riddled with a deluge of negative stories, horrible events, scary thoughts, and tons of confusion! If you have a TV or a Facebook account, you have seen more than your fair share this week alone! And it’s only Tuesday!
As a concerned natural health therapist, I see these events, not only on the news, but also in the effects on my clients. We cannot change what is happening all around the world, but we can take steps to manage the damage on ourselves and our families. Here are some keys…
Stick to your usual routines as much as possible
We humans are creatures of habit and we find comfort in the familiar. And make sure that you’re giving your body what it needs to function at its best: healthy food, regular physical activity, time for fun, and adequate sleep. (I don’t know about you, but I find that sleep is the glue that holds everything else together. I’ve learned to recognize it for what it is: a necessity, not a luxury.)
Look for opportunities to take action
It doesn’t have to be something huge. Frankly, it will feel a whole lot less overwhelming if it’s not. But by carrying through on sort of positive action, however small (writing a letter, making a donation, attending a face-to-face get-together in your town), you’ll be engaging the rational-logical part of your brain. And that will help to put the brakes on what can otherwise quickly escalate into paralyzing feelings of anxiety and sadness. Feeling powerless fuels anxiety; taking action brings it down.
Allow yourself to feel all the feelings.
Allow painful emotions to flow through you as opposed to avoiding them (which suppresses positive as well as negative emotions, leaving you feeling emotionally “flat”) or dwelling on them (which ties up cognitive resources, leaving you less equipped to solve problems or connect with other people). Remind yourself that feelings come and feelings go — and you are not your feelings. (Ann Douglas)
A few more things to consider. Take some time for yourself. Sit down, have a cup of tea. Try to view things in a long-term perspective. Circumstances seem quite dramatic when they are happening. There is a lot of hype and hysteria that does not help. Tune inwards. Listen to the quiet. When you’ve had a quiet moment, take initiative and do something positive!
Thank you Ann Douglas for sharing this article. To read the full article click here: