If you’re like me, logging into Facebook or reading the news can be an emotional upheaval. According to the news, it can even become a trigger for anxiety. A is worse; it can alter my energy and change the course of my day because of the way it affects me.
I am happy to be a sensitive person who feels things deeply. I think it’s a good experience in life and I would never change it. However, for those of you who are open and sensitive like me, you know how sometimes the truth of something can strike you with such a deep chord, there is no suitable answer other than grief and grief. tears.
It is important to keep up to date with the news. Knowing what’s going on in the world and getting involved and having your voice heard on issues that matter to you is invaluable. However, it is also imperative to keep your own well-being and health at the forefront of your attention.
Here are 3 things I do to help me stay grounded and vibrate at a high level (even staying on top of what’s going on in our world.)
Set a timer
It’s easy with social media and the cell phones in our pockets to be constantly bombarded with news. We need to decide on the optimal amount of inputs for our daily health and well-being. Checking our phones every 30 minutes won’t change the world or what’s going on there, but it will.
For me, during the week, my maximum news / social media saturation is around 45 min. I usually check in with the world in the morning for about 30 minutes and then some days I check in again in the late afternoon for 10 to 15 minutes.
I am also a strong supporter of fasting. Fast news and social media, ie. It’s important to spend an entire day, or even an entire weekend, without logging into social media or reading the news on the computer. We all have people and experiences in our lives that are more important than our screens (news and social media). I recommend that you take a look at how you spend your time and make sure that the time you spend on each experience matches the importance of that experience or that person in your life. For example, if I act subconsciously, I can easily spend more time on Facebook than with my husband. Because my husband is so much more important to me than Facebook, I find more joy, love, and connection when I live consciously and prioritize appropriately.
Each of us has natural wisdom, and when we’re constantly putting things in it, we don’t allow that wisdom time to come out. Additionally, when we read things that create stress for us, our bodies are filled with the stress hormone cortisol.
Christopher Bergland says: “Scientists have known for years that high cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, decrease immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on. Chronic Stress and high cortisol levels also increase the risk of depression, mental illness and reduced life expectancy. “
I see daily how difficult it is for my clients to intentionally use their phones and computers. I understand that for some (a lot) of people, mastering how often they “log in” is a challenge. However, when most people allow the way it affects their health to really take hold, it becomes apparent that it needs to be watched over by your self-control.
Choose the time of day you agree to
Choosing what time of day you commit to reading news and social media is really important. It is not wise to stress yourself out right before you go to work, have dinner with your family, go to bed, or engage in a creative process. Knowing that you might be seeing or reading something that will create an emotional response in you, you must choose the best time to expose yourself to this entry.
I like to engage in the news and social media in the morning before I exercise. Nothing helps me deal with my stress better than exercise and nature. If I’m emotionally triggered by news in my feed and go for a run outside, I can come back and start my work day with positive, grounded energy. If I read the news until the moment I start my workday, it will be hard for me to keep the space, think clearly, or be creative.
If I ‘log on’ in the afternoon, I will try to mitigate this by sitting on my porch enjoying nature for 5 minutes or having a dance party for one. This way I make sure that when I enter the latter part of my day, which for me is dinner and time spent with my family, I can be fully present with them and experience the depth and breadth of my capacity for joy.
End on a positive note
I love having a list of websites, songs, videos, stories, and poems that raise my vibe and give me a sense of optimism, positivity, and hope for our world. It’s easy to get saturated with the negative – but there is an equal amount (if not more) of the positive. People help each other, be kind, give of themselves and take care of animals and nature. Allow yourself to witness it and feel uplifted by it. Take care to step back and see the whole picture so that your attention (thoughts and feelings) is not focused on the negative of our world. Taking a few minutes to end on a positive note is like having a mints after dinner. It leaves your brain with a sweet and refreshed palate.