With everything so upside down in the World right now it’s understandable that pretty much everybody on the planet is feeling kind of frazzled. The only people who aren’t feeling the gut punch of pretty much constant bad news can’t be paying attention, and honestly I am jealous.
Being abreast of all the news and political commentary on the planet is something that most of us lap up furiously. We use our socials, our friends, online and print newspapers and news broadcasters to keep us constantly topped up with the topics of the day. But what happens when that news cup you’re carrying starts spilling the tea?
The news we are being fed all day, every day is never evened out. There is no balance of good news and bad news.
The actual good news is that we can do something about it. Just. Don’t. Look.
It isn’t an easy thing to do when you are used to looking numerous times a day. But it can be done. I started by limiting myself to looking on a news app once a day. no more! Unless something monumental happens it can wait. There will still be news tomorrow…..and the next day…..and the next day.
Secondly and maybe the thing I have found most helpful is STOP READING THE COMMENTS SECTION. I truly believe that the comment section is where the worst of humanity lies in wait for someone to stumble upon. I don’t think I have ever read anything there that I found helpful or inspiring, so what is the point?
Third, utilise the mute facility (Twitter mainly) If you don’t already know about this, you can stop certain words and phrases from appearing on your timeline. This means that you can avoid the stuff that affects you in a negative way.
Finally fourth, the block button is your friend. Just because they follow you or they once said something you agreed with, doesn’t mean you owe them your loyalty if they become problematic. If you wouldn’t hang out with them in the real world, you shouldn’t put up with it on the internet.
The truth is that in a world as connected as ours it is increasingly difficult to vet the content you come into contact with. Sometimes it is simply unavoidable. I think the main thing is that for all of the negative content you come into contact with, it’s super important to add content that is positive. Say for instance that you see something about a murder or something equally as awful; be sure to then search out something positive to counteract it, such as animals wearing hats. I know this seems simplistic and it really is. But that is the beauty of it. It doesn’t need to be a grand scheme to make the world a better place, life is hard enough. It just needs to be something that makes YOUR world a better place.
My happy place is Bob’s Burgers, orange squash and videos of cute animals. Simple but effective.
big love to you all