With everything that’s been happening in the world, things can feel a bit overwhelming. It can feel scary. It can feel like nowhere is safe. Like the world is falling apart. But I want to remind you, it’s not. We’re hearing about the bad things that happen, but if you look on the other side of that, there are people working to make things better.
How can we stay informed while also protecting our mental health? Unfortunately, that's something that can't always be helped. If a specific event or article is upsetting you, you don't have to be informed of it. You can click out of the page and do something else. Stop looking things up in relation to whatever is upsetting you. Staying informed can be good, but not at the expense of your mental health.
Ways to protect your mental health during this time
- Instead of looking at the bad, replace these scenes and images with something good. There are a few outlets, platforms and accounts that work towards spreading happiness and positivity. Put some time into finding which ones you like best.
- Take a break from social media and news outlets. You DO NOT need to view these if they are upsetting you or causing anxiety. It’s perfectly valid and understandable to just take a step back for a bit.
- Do something that actively brings you joy. Whether this is meeting up with a friend, doing some self-care, having a movie/tv show marathon, a dance party in your room - anything! If it brings you happiness, do it.
- Set boundaries. If there’s a specific event or topic that’s upsetting you right now, make this known to those around you. Saying something like, ‘actually, that’s making me uncomfortable to talk about ___, how about we discuss ___ instead?’
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