This image popped up in my Facebook memories today. I posted it a few years ago, but boy, I could not have imagined how much more I’d relate to it today…
When the coronavirus pandemic first began, I would relentlessly consume news, particularly Governor DeWine’s press conferences. Like many people, you could time the spikes in my anxiety to those press conferences. At one point, my therapist asked me if I had enough information to keep Jeffrey and me safe. If so, her suggestion was to stop watching for awhile. Not to bury my head in the sand, but just to take a breath from the relentless consumption.
While we’ve been living in a 24-7 news cycle for a long time, I can’t recall a time where the news has been this mentally and emotionally draining. From actual news channels to social media, we are constantly faced with the jarring realities of life in 2020. And to an extent, that can be good. Our country and our world are facing real, serious issues that cannot and should not be ignored.
We are also faced with the constant need to evaluate whether something is fact or simply opinion stated as such. (Note: this blog post is not fact and is hopefully not opinion masquerading as fact.)
Right now, the news should be upsetting. It should spur you to think and evaluate and act. But relentless consumption of anything is not healthy (Except kettle corn. I will relentlessly consume that and you can’t stop me.)
Stay informed. Choose reliable news sources. Read, listen, and think. But also take a breath. Put down the phone. Switch off the notifications. Go outside and take a walk. Practice some yoga. Laugh with your kid. Give everything you’ve heard time to settle in your mind.
Your heart is bound to feel bruised by everything happening in our world. That means you have a good heart. But I’ve found that I have to let it rest every once in awhile. Just for a bit. I’ll come back stronger and more ready to face whatever is next. And so will you.