Our current lives are flooded with fighting, violence and anger. There’s the bombings, shootings, protests and the negatively charged political elections. Hell, even the dumb celebrity culture that we follow as a mental break from the harsh realities of the world is steaming with feuding between Kanye, Taylor Swift and the Kardashian kids.
When I start to feel overwhelmed by all of this and my veins feel like they are going to burst through my skin because it’s too much. It’s too unsettling. Too out of our control. Too violent. Too sad. Just TOO MUCH. I go back to basics.
I concentrate on what I CAN control, which helps managing the other things bearable. I can control my health. I can control my body. I can do things to increase my stamina, my mental energy and my all-around well-being.
Election years especially are notorious for instability. Google various stats on election years and you find numerous articles citing the instability and decline in travel and stock markets and a lengthy list for managing the stress and uncertainty that come along with so much debating and drastic changes.
You know what makes all of the stressors in the real-world even worse? When your body is stressed out. Physical stresses make it even harder to handle the mental stress that comes our way. So here are some tips for getting back to basics and taking care of your personal welfare to help you deal with the world-wide issues plaguing us today.
Read Something Positive
When I’m stressed with the news I turn to places such as Buzzfeed and this article to remember that most of humanity is good. The news just focuses on the bad. We all need to see photos and stories that make us smile every now and then.
Check Your Diet
Stress tends to cause emotional eating and we start purging on comfort foods. Look at what you are eating and make adjustments to incorporate more fruits and vegetables. You may also be eating things that aggravate your system such as dairy and wheat.
Take Some Time
Go for a run, meditate, attend a yoga class, go to a comedy show, arrange a dinner with a friend, color. DO something that makes you feel happy, laugh, connect with real life people. Whatever your enjoyment of choice is don’t spend your time on the couch. It’s important to connect with people and share positive experiences to get us through stress.