How to Handle the Stress of the World Today

Especially on Social Media

Your job, your full schedule, your family, keeping up with your household — there are enough everyday stresses (that are also beautiful blessings!) to keep us busy. Then we turn on the TV to relax and unwind or hop on our phones to scroll through social media, and we are bombarded with the stresses of the world.

It seems a day can’t go by where we’re not being subjected to political injustices, watching strangers argue on the internet, or learn about some horrible event that occurred. It can feel incredibly overwhelming and dismal.

So what can you do to cope with it all?

1. Unplug. You can’t live life with blinders on, however, when things get to be too much, put down your devices and read a book or go for a walk instead. We’re so focused on our online lives that we often forget our real lives, which is what we need to hold onto even when the world is so uncertain.

2. Unfollow. We all have that one friend. For all of the friends or pages you follow that repeatedly post negatively, unfollow them, or Facebook now has a great option that allows you to take a break from someone.

3. Do something positive for the world. If you find yourself saying, “That’s horrible,” after every catastrophic event, why not see what you can do to help? You might not always be able to donate money, but you can give your time. Even if the catastrophe took place far from where you live, you can contact local nonprofits and find out how you can help by getting involved.

4. Don’t stoop. Tempting as it is to engage in an online battle of wits, the best thing to do is let it go. Getting upset over someone commenting on your opinion isn’t helpful to either party and only serves to make your stress level soar. Consider the source.

Follow these tips, and you’ll find that the stress and tension of today’s world, especially online, stresses you out much less.

The sun goes down before 6 pm, it’s cold and grey, and it can really mess up our groove.  Does this happen to you, too?

This is a huge reason New Year Resolutions are so popular.  It can be quite difficult during the coldest months when we naturally go into hibernation mode.  The Winter Blues are very real, and chances are you’ve dealt with them yourself.

Instead of letting the blues get you this year, try these tips to stay on top of them until the sun comes back out this Spring.

  • Find some sort of exercise.  Even if it’s a stroll around your apartment building or a 10-minute workout on YouTube.  Keeping your endorphins happy a few times a week will help with the slump.
  • Find a way to give back.  Helping people in need is a heart-swelling opportunity to shift our perspective and do something great with our time.
  • Be mindful of the season.  If you know you get the blues this time of year, make decisions with that in mind so that you can set yourself up for success.

What have you noticed that helps you crawl out of the winter blues slump?  Let me know in the comments below.

No matter how hard we try, curveballs will always find a way to sneak in.  It’s an inevitability of life, and that’s perfectly fine — if we are prepared to handle them!

This season especially can feel hectic, rushed, overbooked and anxiety-ridden.  So it’s the perfect time to put your focus on how you handle these stressors of life and make some tweaks to improve any areas that need a pick-me-up.

The thing about a worrisome mind is that it’s typically worrying about the future.  This makes it extremely hard to be present, so being conscious of this is crucial.  Practice being present and mindful of your current moment, the day you’re in right now, and with practice, you’ll notice the stress of tomorrow will dissipate over time.

Sometimes, when I feel particularly anxious, I focus on each of my senses.  What do I smell right now?  What do I see right now?  What do I hear right now?

This brings you to the present moment and helps snap you out of your anxious thoughts.

Try it, it really works!  What are your favorite ways to overcome anxious thoughts?