It seems that every news story I read is more bleak than the last. We are being innundated with bad news. And this bad news is of shocking, nearly incomprehensible magnatude.
How are we to respond compassionately yet not get bogged down by the seriousness of reality?
– Take time to breathe. Stop. Be still. Listen to the sound of your breath, filling you with peace and taking out the negative, stressful thoughts. Let your breath be the center of your balance.
– Eat well. Giving your body healthy fuels will allow you to feel physically well even if your mental and spiritual health are challenged.
– Keep on exercising. Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, do something that makes your heart beat a little faster. It will not only make you feel alive and present, but it will help bust the stress hormones, too.
– Take positive action. It may be a quick email to a friend to say ‘thinking of you’, or it may be coordinating a group effort to help a friend. Doing something for others reminds you of your place within humanity, and it is a powerful act that proves you are not a victim of the universe.
Most of all, be kind to yourself by removing negative news sources from your life. How much bad news do you really need to read? Can you do anything about it? Try to focus on the positive instead, and you’ll be amazed at how much more balanced you feel.