Our world is in chaos. 6 ways to save yourself
Catastrophic events affect us all – some directly, others simply through exposure. All of these can make it difficult to maintain mental health.
Madeleine Aggeler, a lifestyle and wellness reporter presents six ways to take care of yourself (and others) in a chaotic world.
Recognizing barbarism is the only way to stop it
But there is a caveat here. The more "poisoned" we are, the less helpful and effective we will be. It may seem selfish to stop when you see so much suffering around, but our psychology just doesn't care. Retreat allows you to regenerate to take action and make choices.
Talking to people around you
Talking directly to someone about a particular crisis is much more effective and can make a difference than a social media post. Knowing when to intervene in someone's problem or conflict is very personal. It can be difficult to enter such conversations, but the solution is better.
Share information responsibly
It is very easy to share information on the Internet, but in this media chaos it is difficult to ensure the authenticity of the information. The questions we should ask ourselves about the authenticity of an information are:
Does an author have this information?
Has a serious news agency published it?
Or is it published without any source?
Get involved with the community
But don't do it like charity. Do not treat the situation as if you are helping others, but as if you are helping others and yourself. It is important to see yourself as part of the same community in which you are operating and not as an outsider.
Donate money and volunteer
Just be careful that the money doesn't go to the wrong place. Be sure of the cause.
Last but not least, educate yourself on the dangers of stress on your body
Being deeply affected by a tragedy doesn't make you mentally ill, it makes you human. However, constant exposure to such events harms you. When you feel stressed, go for a walk, have a coffee with a friend, call a friend, or just take a nap. If you can, go to therapy too.