It can be tough to keep your sanity in today’s world. Everywhere we look, there is bad news. It seems like every day, the headlines are full of stories about natural disasters, wars, terrorism, and political unrest. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like we’re losing our minds. In this blog post, I’m going to share some tips on how I keep myself sane in a world that seems to be falling apart.
Limit News Time
One of the things I do to keep myself sane is to limit my exposure to the news. I used to be one of those people who would watch the news all day, especially during the height of the pandemic, but I found that it was just too depressing. Now, I only watch or read the news for a few minutes each day, and I try to focus on stories. I figure if there is something noteworthy for me to know, I will eventually find out.
Limit Social Media
Another thing I do to keep myself sane is to take breaks from social media. We are constantly bombarded with news and information on social media, and it can be tough to filter out the noise. So, when I start feeling overwhelmed, I’ll take some time off from social media. I’ll unplug from the world and just focus on other things I would rather spend my time on, like reading a book. I have an iPhone and have found the screen time feature to be very helpful. It limits the amount of time I spend on social media and thus the time I am potentially exposed to negative news.
I think it’s important to be informed about what’s going on in the world. But, at the same time, I also think it’s important to take care of your mental health. So, if you need to take a break from the news, don’t feel guilty about it. Just do what you need to do to keep sane. Trust me if you unplug from social media and the news, if only for one day, I promise, you will survive. The world will still be there when you check back in.
So, go take a break, do something you enjoy, and come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the news another day. As Christians, we are called to not be anxious and by removing too much news and social media we can help keep ourselves from focusing on things that ultimately do not matter as much as we think.
One final note, if you do find yourself getting anxious or feeling down about the state of the world, take a moment to pray and cast your burdens on the Lord. He has promised that he will sustain us and I can attest to this being a fact. You can also reach out to someone. Talk to a friend, family member, or even a therapist. We all need someone to talk to and it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. Be sure to take care of yourselves and focus on the things in this life that truly matter.
What are ways in which you help keep yourself from losing hope? Feel free to comment below 🙂
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.Ecclesiastes 1:18
SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”