Current events are enough to drive a stable person around the bend, let alone someone suffering from anxiety or depression. Here are some tips for keeping it together.
I know it can be hard to see in times like these but we still have much to be grateful for–family, friends, beauty. The simple act of recognizing these things and being grateful for them can improve your mood and your outlook in general.
Take back your power.
I know I feel powerless to impact the world around me–making me feel out of control–and that’s frightening. While I may not have the power to change the course of world events, on the whole, that doesn’t mean I’m powerless. I can act–and see positive results–on a local level.
For me, this is practicing random acts of kindness, providing support for family and friends, and writing. Your list may be different. Perhaps protesting, running for office, or volunteering at your local school, house of worship or shelter is more your thing. Use your time and talent to do good and see how empowered you feel.
Reach out for support.
Some people are clearly handling all of this much better than others. Reach out to your support system for help if your struggling. You’re sure to find at least one person who can provide love, support, or a safe place to express your fears.
Just because there are 24-hour news networks doesn’t mean you have to watch all 24 hours. Take a bath, take a walk, take in a movie. Do something to give you brain and body a break from the adrenaline. Remember, moderation is healthy.
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