Staying Emotionally Balanced During Tough Times
With everything that's going on in the world today, it's common for many of us to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, fearful, or unbalanced. In an uncertain time, we turn to the internet, social media, and the news for information which can often make our unease worse. Today, I want to discuss with you some ways that you can balance your emotions and ease the negative emotions you may be feeling, while still staying informed about important news and events.
Recently, every day we tune into current events, more and more disease, destruction, and death has occured. The emotions and feelings of the world are heavy due to the novel coronavirus, the impact it is having on the world's economy, and the natural disasters that have been happening during a time when people are not properly equipped to deal with so much at once. The current state of things can turn even the most optimistic person to worrying, fear, and anxiety about what is to come. But staying balanced and emotionally well during this time is so important to our personal health, the health of our families, our communities, and the world. Here are a few of my suggestions of things that you can do to help yourself feel better or to cope with negative emotions.
1. Limit the amount of time you spend browsing the news and social media. I cannot impress enough about how important it is to do this. When we are repeatedly exposed to negative images, words, and other people's fears or unhelpful opinions, it has a negative impact on our own emotional and mental well-being and can significantly increase our stress levels. Have you ever noticed that when you interact with someone who complains a lot, talks bad about others, or has a generally negative outlook on things it can make you feel tired, drained, or even sad or depressed? The same effect happens when we expose ourselves to virtual negativity. We are already feeling the collective stress and upset of the world energetically, so it is important to limit the negative exposure we have to these outside emotions. Now, I'm not saying we should all be happy-go-lucky and pretend that nothing is wrong here, I am simply suggesting that since we are already under so much emotional strain, it is key to care for your emotional and mental wellness especially during times like this. Setting a time limit for how long you consume social media, news stories, and searching for answers online can significantly reduce the amount of stress you are feeling about the situation. 15 minutes a day is a good amount of time to check in to see what's happening in the world without becoming too overwhelmed.
2. Make it a point to interact with friends and family over video chat or telephone calls. Since the majority of people are being instructed to self-isolate during the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, it is vital to maintain human contact through virtual interaction. Humans are social creatures and it not only helps to strengthen our relationships, but it also helps us to feel happier, connected, and more energetic to talk to those that we love regularly. With modern technology making it possible to contact people in so many different ways, it is a very useful tool during this time. This also will help to occupy your time and to feel a higher quality of human connection than social media offers. Hearing and seeing the people we love triggers feel-good chemicals and hormones in our bodies making us feel socially fulfilled, so call or video chat with your loved ones whenever you feel lonely or like you could use some interaction.
3. Create a routine. It can be hard for some to be isolated from others, or to stay at home all the time, or to not have a work schedule to rely on for stability. So many people are feeling strange and out of place with having to do those things and it can throw them off emotional balance, so it's important to create a routine or daily schedule to stay on track. Doing this will help stabilize emotions, reduce the fear from uncertainty, and will aid in staying on track with goals and maintaining health. Some people have taken this time to bury themselves in binge watching tv and unhealthy habits such as eating too much junk food which could eventually lead to health issues, depression, and more feelings of unhappiness and unfulfillment. Instead, try creating a daily schedule that includes positive health habits, regular meal times, working toward goals, spiritual activities (if you're into that), and yes even a little tv time if you so desire. Having a routine during chaotic times that upheaves our normal schedule can be extremely beneficial to our our mental, emotional, and physical wellness.
4. Find a release. Releasing the negative emotions like stress, worry, anger, and anxiety, from the mind and body is crucial to emotional wellness. There are lots of ways to do this. Engaging in a physical activity such as cardio exercise, yoga, running, kickboxing, biking, vigorous cleaning, or even screaming into a pillow can help to release energy that is pent up in the body. Meditation, sound baths, aromatherapy, breathing exercises, EFT Tapping, and professional counseling or therapy can help to release the emotions that have been stored in the mind. No matter how you choose to release these emotions, with the exception of activities that are harmful to yourself or others, which is highly discouraged, you will be doing yourself a great favor by finding a positive method to "get it out" in a healthy way. You can find online counselling and instructional videos by Googling the method you want to use if you don't know how to do the activity that interests you.
5. Help others. Finding ways to help out is beneficial for both the giver and the recipient. There are so many ways that you can help and feel of service in the world today. Right now there is a huge need for face masks for medical professionals, if you can sew and have the supplies and means available, this is a great way to contribute and there are lots of tutorials on how to make them online. If you know that a friend, family member, or neighbor is in the high risk category, keep in touch with them and help them to get the things that they may need like groceries or supplies. If you love animals, you could make toys for the pets at your local animal shelters. You could reach out to others who need social contact through video chat. Many residents of assisted living and senior facilities are also isolated with little to no contact with the outside world and may be feeling bored or restless on top of the fear and uncertainty that we all have been dealing with. Ordering coloring books, art supplies, crossword and puzzle books, jigsaw puzzles, books, or movies online and having them shipped to such establishments could mean a lot to someone who really needs it right now (please contact your local assisted living facility prior to doing this to get the okay to do so). Or you could make a monetary donation to help a charity that you are passionate about. There are so, so many ways to help others not only now but always so I encourage you to do so. Helping others raises spirits, helps us to feel connected, and gives us a sense of contribution when so many feel helpless at this time.
6. Just breathe. My final suggestion is to do your best to try to relax and center yourself. So much is out of our control right now and all we can do is just that, what we can do. Don't stress over things that you cannot do or cannot control, and remember that we are all in this together. I believe that this situation has helped us to get in touch with our humanity and to realize the importance of our connections and our love for each other. Please show compassion, caring, and love for others as well as yourself at this time. Take care of yourself and each other. A great way to do this is to practice social distancing and to listen to isolation and quarantine guidance. We will get through this, together.
I hope this helps you to find ways of coping with the emotional strain of our current situation. Sending you and yours lots of love, hope, and blessings of wellness. ✨💜✨