The past ten days have been incredibly tough. We have no doubt seen horrific scenes, heard divisive opinions, and on some level are privvy to tensions escalating. All whilst innocent lives have been lost.
Somewhere in between all this turmoil and no matter what the news says, there won’t be any clear “winner.” Just as we learned (or experienced) during the pandemic. These consequences will shape us.
Have you found yourself caught in that downward spiral of that -rabbit-in-the-hole doomscroll of relentless news cycles?
I have. And get it by the way. That impulse to be in the know. I became Miss Doomscroller myself during the pandemic. But honestly, the barrage of constant and relentless streams of autocued must-look-now headlines only serves to frazzle your nervous system. So guess what my advice today is: Yep. It’s time to take a break from the news. (Even a short one).
I planned to share my recent trip to Egypt with you today, but it doesn’t feel right. Instead, I want to hold space and put out positive vibes. Life feels helluva heavy at the moment, so as I was saying I understand the impulse to stay “informed.” But damn, those constant news updates, and protect your peace. Believe me, stepping back from the news will work wonders for your mental and emotional health.
Oh, and when I say, “take a break from the news…this extends to those heart-jittery “breaking news” alerts, notifications, and you know what else? Muting people you follow on social media. And since everyone has an opinion, now might be the perfect time to take a social media break altogether. I know it may seem or sound selfish. Self-care often can, especially if you’re
a). Not used to putting yourself first
b). Living through a crisis
Sometimes adding some light in your world and reminding yourself of the simple joys is the best thing you can do. Oh and it doesn’t have to have to be a grand gesture. Like Sharon Draper said, “It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.”
Simply spending quality time and squishing your loved ones totally works. As does getting lost between pages of a good book. If you’re fresh out of ideas, a leisurely stroll in nature works for me. As does a good comedy. But, this is about you. So, make time for a hobby that brings you joy.
To be clear: This isn’t about ignoring or dismissing what’s going on. If anything taking a break from a never-ending flow of information will give you time and space to heal, recharge, and reflect.
Ah, and talking of reflection, here are seven questions for you:
1. What was your favourite moment today?
2. How has the constant news cycle affected your mood and outlook?
3. What activities or hobbies bring you joy and relaxation?
4. How can you connect with your loved ones (even long distance)?
5. What positive changes can you make in your daily routine?
6. What are you truly grateful for?
7. What can you do to contribute to a more peaceful and compassionate world?
To end, I hope this message finds you well. It wasn’t too long ago, but the pandemic highlighted that taking care of ourselves is the first step in creating a world where you can find common ground and even foster peace.
Sending love and light ✨️