Here is a list of top 10 tips to help support our well-being, especially during this overwhelming time*. Please see below:
1. Limited News Consumption: Obsessively following the news can create a false sense of control while actually depleting our energy. Limiting news consumption to 2/3 times a day can be a healthier approach, as it allows you to stay informed without becoming overwhelmed.
2. Guilt and Constant Connection: The feeling of guilt for not staying connected to the news constantly may be counterproductive. Recognising that overexposure can be harmful is important. It’s okay to disconnect periodically to protect your mental and emotional health.
3. Protecting Your Soul: It is important to preserve your emotional well-being. Just as you pay attention to what you eat for your body, you should also consider what you “consume” for your mind. Overexposure to distressing information can have adverse effects.
4. Routine and Small Tasks: Creating a daily routine and setting small, achievable tasks can help maintain a sense of structure and accomplishment, even in uncertain times.
5. Self-Care and Distractions: Taking breaks for enjoyable activities like play, music, physical exercise, or watching a movie can provide a mental break and refresh your spirit.
6. Connect with Supportive People: Being around people who uplift you and having meaningful conversations with them can provide emotional support and comfort.
7. Helping Others: Offering assistance, no matter how small, can be fulfilling. The act of helping someone else can boost your own sense of purpose and well-being.
8. Avoiding PTSD and Sharing: Excessive exposure to distressing content can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Talking about what you’ve experienced and sharing your feelings can be a therapeutic way to process and cope with the emotional impact.
9. Listening and Being Present: Sometimes, all people need is someone who listens without judgment. You don’t always have to provide answers or false assurances. Just being there for someone can be incredibly supportive.
10. Safety: Sometimes when we climb inside the stories of those affected, part of our emotional self believes it is our own story. It is important to remind ourselves explicitly and consciously of our own safety and that of our immediate loved ones (if that is indeed the case).
It is essential to take care of yourself, engage in self care and connect with others who offer support during such difficult times.
*Source: Senior Psychologist, edited by Noa Girls Clinicians