Yesterday we woke to yet more news. There is so much going on right now. Emotions are strong and it can feel unsettling, uncomfortable and saddening.
How are you feeling with everything that’s been going on? Take a moment to reflect on how it’s impacting you.
How can you look after yourself when it feels like things are out of control?
When there’s so much going on in the world?
When it feels scary and strange?
Here’s some strategies that can help you deal with everything that’s going on.
Turn off the news
The news can affect how we feel and our energy. I rarely watch the news because I’m aware of how it makes me feel. When there’s something significant going it’s easy to keep watching, notice how that makes you feel. Sometimes it’s good to know what’s going on but once you’ve got the headlines turn it off. The media can sensationalise everything too, it can add to the heat of the situation, so take a break … and at the same time take a break from social media too.
All we have is today, and we never know what may happen tomorrow. When things are going on outside of what we can control we can feel overwhelmed. Bring it back to the here and now. Bring it back to you, what you can do and your circle of control. Fear comes when we go into the future, when we start thinking about what may happen or what could happen. And we just don’t know. So stay really present in this moment and do what you need to do for you and your family.
Remember to be grateful
At times like this you sometimes can’t help but be grateful. It makes you hold your family near. However you’re feeling, take a moment to be grateful. Hug those around you that you love. Be grateful for your home, the food on your table, whatever if it may be, big or small. And do this daily if you can, do it for a week and just see how it makes you feel.
It’s OK to feel
It’s OK to feel whatever you may be feeling, just go with it. Whether it’s anger, despair, sadness. It’s OK. Just go with it. Feelings and emotions come and go, the important thing is not to fight against how you’re feeling. If you do they’ll stay with you for longer. So cry, scream and let it go.
Watch your reaction
How are you reacting? What energy are you giving off? There are lots of emotions and reactions out there. You can only control how you react, what you say, what you do. Take a moment to think about how you want to react. How you want to be around your family, what you want your children to see and hear. And wait. Wait for everything to settle and take a breath. You can choose how you react.
Just breathe. Take a moment to just breathe. Close your eyes if you can, tune into your breath and pause.
Be kind and compassionate
And my final word, but the most important. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others, always. I think it’s amazing how everyone has come together through everything over the last couple of weeks. Keep that going. Let’s not just let tragedy bring us closer together, let’s be kind always.
‘Look after yourself first and then you’ll have the energy for everything else’
Nicky is a registered nutritional therapist who takes an integrative approach that works on both the body and the mind. She’s passionate about teaching women (and Mums) to look after themselves first, so that they can be there for their children and have the energy for whatever life has in store.
Nicky qualified from The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2009 and is registered with The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).