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I don't like reading the news

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2020

I don't like reading the news.

Although for a long time, I was ashamed to say that.

I still see my primary school teacher look down on me because I told him I'd rather go to the theatre than watch the news. He made it clear to me that 'intelligent people watch the news and read papers, not plays'…

But I just couldn't do it without worrying, without nightmares, without being stressed. Not then and not now.

(Recognize this? Hi fellow sensitive person!!)

Yet…

In the past weeks, I was so tempted to keep checking.

Isn't it crazy how easily addictive it is to watch and read the news, and how much brain space it can take?

Honestly, if I'd just leave it to my impulses, I'd be reading the news in four languages every day and comparing stats and graphs ;-)

Luckily I know what to do to not fall into this trap, this might help you too.

These are my go-to instant practices:

  • Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and feel the support from the chair underneath you. When everything feels uncertain, the best thing you can do is bring your awareness to the here and now and focus on the tangible support you have at that moment. Your body will de-stress instantly!
  • Acknowledging that things can be tough right now. Message someone, send a text, comment on this post, start a conversation. You don't have to do this alone!
  • Get into your body. Get moving, do yoga at home, walk around the block (if you're allowed to), dance to your favorite song.
  • Make a list of all the things you are grateful for right now. Gratitude is the ultimate heart opener and will shift your energy in the blink of an eye.
  • Create something! Create a new course for your audience, paint a painting, write a book, recite a poem, anything that helps you to express yourself…

What's your favorite way to pull yourself out of bad-news-overwhelm!

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