I’m sure everyone has been glued to their televisions or other news providing platform during this pandemic. We want to know all we can about this new virus, and hope we can squeeze more information from the talking heads by just tuning in. It’s not wrong to want to know more about what we are facing, but to stay so deeply in the chaos, so enthralled in the moment by moment updates which provide hardly any new information, is madness.
The world needs a break!
It may be too early to say this. It may be too soon to call for it, but what the world needs in this seemingly hopeless situation is some mindfulness. We all need to take a deep breath, and cleanse ourselves of the negativity swirling around and within us, and come back to center.
I do not want anyone to think that I am saying ignore the scariest thing to happen to this world in years. I AM NOT SAYING THAT.
What I am suggesting is that people take bite size bits of the overflowing flood of information, and disconnect until the next day. Focus on the overall information in one swift download then TURN THE PLATFORM OFF!
In this time of slow down, stay home, and stay safe, it is so easy to get caught up in all the news and constant information overload. To keep our sanity and ensure the information we are digesting doesn’t create anxiety or an overwhelming sense of dread, limit what you are taking in.
I give myself ten minutes every day to check Twitter for the newest updates on the virus, and read through some headlines on my Google feed. I may pick a few articles if I am interested in learning more, but once that time is up, I do not all myself to sit in the misery any longer. I can’t! If I do, I know my mental health will decrease rapidly, and I have to stay strong for my family!
So, for anyone that cares, my advice:
Don’t be like a pig and sit in your own s***. Be like a bird, and gather what you can in a time span then rest and reevaluate for tomorrow.