Monday, October 16, 2017

Dealing with the stress of our New Normal

The stress in today's world has reached epic proportions. Every day there is a new natural disaster, terrorist event, or political news that shakes me to my core. I have always been a person who slept well and easily but for the past few months all of that changed. And nothing else has really changed in my life. I had developed the habit of checking the news and email first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day and last thing at night. Really bad idea. And so, then when I wake up, the first things that occur to me are the latest news. So, I have had to institute a few rules for me. Can't do the news morning, noon, and night. Reading the news is generally less impactful than watching on television, so tv news is now once a day. I am more closely adhering to my practice of finding ten things for which I am grateful during the day as I drift off to sleep. If I wake up or am troubled and anxious about the things going on, I also try to pray a decade of the rosary. Whatever your faith tradition or lack thereof, a mantra, calming sentence, prayer can help to re-center your mind and let go of the anxieties. We are truly in a difficult era, but we do have to catch sight of the beauty and the gifts around us.