In a world plagued by war, strife, and seemingly endless turmoil, it is only natural to experience feelings of anxiety and distress. The global landscape is riddled with conflict, political unrest, and social upheaval, making it challenging to maintain a sense of stability and serenity. However, there are ways to navigate these turbulent times and find inner peace amidst the chaos.
First and foremost, ensure you are getting your information from trusted sources. With a huge amount of information available at our fingertips, it can be tough to know if the news being delivered is reliable and factual. Often, misinformation can cause tension, stress, and anxiety in your life. Check your news sources for journalistic integrity and research-based facts, rather than speculation. In addition to news sources, it is also essential to set good boundaries with media consumption. Strike a balance between staying informed and protecting your mental health. Set specific times to catch up on the news and avoid excessive consumption of distressing content. This can also include limiting time on social media if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or anxious about world events. You will know you have found a good balance if you are getting a good sleep and enjoying your favorite activities and relationships while staying informed about current events.
Engaging in self-care can be a great way to spend time away from media oversaturation. Scheduling in breaks where you can destress and focus on something that brings you calm can work wonders for your own mental health, as well as modelling it for others who may need to do the same.
While self-care and media boundaries are important to preserve your mental health, there is also a feeling of helplessness that is not easily shaken off when we see images of war-torn countries. This feeling can be particularly hard if we have friends or family living in those areas. A natural human reaction is to want to help in any way we can, but this can be difficult to put into action, which can contribute to depression and anxiety if left unchecked. While it can be hard to make a difference, know that even small gestures can go a long way. Find and donate to reputable charities, participate in organized events, or volunteer at a local community centre. This can renew a sense of empowerment and contribution.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, speaking to a mental health professional can provide a safe, non-judgmental place to process your worries and fears while learning about resilience, acceptance, and positive change. Reach out to Walmsley EFAP and we can connect you with a counsellor virtually or in person.
In a world where war and strife seem unending, it's important to remember that you have the power to manage your own well-being. By staying informed but setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness, seeking support, and taking steps to care for your mental and emotional health, you can navigate the chaos with greater clarity and serenity. Remember, while you may not be able to change the world overnight, you can change how you respond to it, and that's a significant step toward a more peaceful existence.
Rob Baker MA RCC