I know there is a lot to process these days. I was feeling overwhelmed by all the madness popping up in my news feeds and I thought, “Man, I have got to write a post on this!” Like many of my posts I did the research on processing bad news and I came across a post by Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsey. She gives the following advice on handling negativity:
- Turn it off – stop listening, watching or reading.
- Turn it around – do something positive to make the world better, such as volunteering
- Go outside – experience nature
- Exercise – it helps relieve stress
- Be positive – remember that good news does happen
- Talk to your children – their concerns may be different than yours
If bad news becomes overwhelming, Dr. Jowsey recommends you contact your health care provider.
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Now… Here’s my two cents.
I just want you to do me a favor and take some time to feel yourself. We have heard that we should be the change. But sometimes we must learn first to just… be. Where are you? Nervous, sad, mad, hopeless? Feelings are ok! You have choices in how you respond to feelings and if you will do what it takes to learn how to process them in a healthy way. You can determine how you will manage YOUR inner space in many ways.
One way that I manage is by breathing. YES. It’s also a simple but very effective way to manage stress. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath through your nose. Let it fill your lungs and belly. Now, let it out through your mouth with an “ahhhhhh”. When you breathe deeply through your nose, it’s a sign for your sympathetic nervous system to relax. If you tend to feel anxious THIS is the breath to master. (If you tend to feel lethargic or depressed try breathing in through your mouth. Heated breath energizes the body.I do this while exercising and it really helps me in my overall mental and physical health.)
Body and mind are ONE. Add spirit and you are set.
You can make it through anything. On another post, I will share in more detail about panic attacks. Focusing on breath did not help me but mastery of breath did. We CAN affect change!
You can decide now if your anger can fuel you to follow through on real change, or if your sadness is actually the gift of empathy meant to elevate your compassion…. You are not here by accident. Let your experience and your feelings come together and inspire your life’s work.
AFFIRMATION: “My Life Overflows with Good. I make a difference in this world.”