Shutting out the world 12


Sometimes self care is shutting out the world for self preservation

I’ve been feeling low the last couple of days. It feels like the world is falling apart, its chaos. I don’t often seek out the news. Sometimes I feel bad about this and other times I know its right for me and right for my mental health. At the moment though I can’t help but know what’s going on. A couple of nights ago I got bogged down in different news articles being shared, watched a few videos from parliament and signed a petition. It left me feeling depressed, overwhelmed, confused and I’ve felt low ever since. Work is also stressful at the moment, so much going on, so many people involved and time quickly slipping away.

So my plan for my self care at the moment is to shut out the world. It is not selfish, it is self preservation, it is self care. I’m not stifling my feelings or blocking people out but I am trying to protect myself from feeling overwhelmed. I’m trying not to check facebook as much and so not seeing the news articles my friends are sharing. I’m trying to be kind to myself, to my partner and to Milly. I will be go to my exercise classes, I will keep up my journaling and healthy eating. I will be looking out for the positives, for the happy moments and things that bring a smile to my face.

There’s some good tips in this article on how to not get bamboozled by your social media news feeds.

Let me know what you think

12 thoughts on “Shutting out the world

  • beetleypete

    I can understand how sometimes it just all gets too much. That’s why I had a blogging break recently myself. I hope that your spell of keeping away from news events does some good.
    Try not too worry too much about things. In my experience, the world has a way of sorting itself out.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  • Lulu

    Lauren, I completely support you in your “news fast.” That’s what I call it when I turn-off from the 24-hour news cycle on TV and the internet. You’re right, it’s overwhelming! It’s a fine line to walk between remaining responsibly informed and taking care of one’s mental health. My therapist actually brought this topic up in reference to herself during our session this week! I mentioned all of the stuff going on in our country right now, and she agreed, saying that she was having to turn off the news to protect her own sanity. I think you are definitely on the right track, and I am wishing you a speedy return to health and balance. When I feel like despairing (which it is so easy to do!) I remind myself of the natural rises and falls that are the rhythm of life. Sometimes, the balance has to tip a bit in one direction before it can return to center. I’m feeling a little tipped over, too at the moment, but your post is just the encouragement that I need to set my own boundaries so that I can get back on track. One of those boundaries is definitely at work! There is so much gossip and nonsense that goes on there! I am going to try to just walk away from all of that as much as I can the rest of this week.

    Hope there are many happy, positive moments for you ahead. xo