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Being inundated with news of tragedies, conflicts, despair, and other low vibe news can cause compassion fatigue. Ways to manage the stress and fear of it include:
Turn off the 24-hour news channel. Media makes money by pumping out fear. If you want to be informed, scan an online news source that you trust. You’ll be informed without being inundated with the energy of fear.
Go outside. Look up at the sky. We are in a BIG world. Yes, it has its tragedies AND it also has its beauty, wonder and good things happening as well.
Breathe. We as humans tend to shallow breathe when we feel fear or stress. Take a few slow deep conscious breaths.
Hydrate. If we are fear-filled, we may reach for our favorite stress relieving beverages – caffeine or alcohol. Fill your body with good fresh water and then use moderation with other beverages.
Move your body. Sitting and watching hour after hour of fear-filled news will rapidly lower your vibes. If you want to watch, get up and move around the room. Walk through your home. Do some light calisthenics. Anything movement wise to shift the energy in your body and help lift the vibe. Of course, it’s best to turn it off and take a walk, hike, run, preferably in nature.
Gather with friends and family and do ANYTHING but talk about current events. If you wish, play a game. Laugh. Talk about what is good happening in your life and the world.
Do something good for someone else. Random acts of kindness way to counteract sadness, grief, and fear. And, they’re fun! Find a way to do a good deed without anyone finding out. You may be surprised at how good it feels.
Call upon your spiritual higher power(s) (God, angels, Source, Universe) and pray/meditate. Ask for comfort to be sent to all that suffer (including yourself if you are feeling stressed or fearful).
Taking steps to live well is a powerful way to remain fearless in these troubled times.