The world is really a mess right now. How can I cope? | Ask the Reverend | Seven days

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Dear Reverend,

The world is really a mess right now. Every day it’s just bad news: war, politics, mass shootings. I feel like I can’t do anything and I feel so depressed and hopeless. How can I cope?

Overall dark (non-binary, 25)

Dear Overall Dark,

A lot of people are in the same boat right now, myself included. I don’t know how to solve the world’s problems, but I can offer you some tips to help you feel a little better when they’re getting you down.

First of all, there is nothing wrong with turning off the information.

I’m not suggesting that you be completely apathetic about what’s happening in the world, but today’s 24/7 barrage of information can have serious negative impacts on mental and physical health. Choose a fixed time during the day to check the news. Give yourself 15 to 30 minutes and resist the temptation to get carried away. Be sure to look for some good news while you’re at it. Watching a few funny or hopeful videos can relax you. Some call this “cultivating optimism,” and I’m a big believer in it.

Take a break from social media. Instead of scrolling on your phone, go out for a walk, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block. Yoga can also benefit your body and mind. Physical activity is very helpful in maintaining a positive attitude, and a little physical activity can go a long way. Make sure you eat well and get enough rest. Schedule time to hang out with friends or family. Let yourself have fun and let off steam.

It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to important issues like climate change or injustice, but there are ways to step up and make a difference. Get involved in an organization you believe in by donating or volunteering. Call or write letters to your representatives.

Focus on ways to help your community. Volunteer at an animal rescue. Hell, get a pet if you can afford it – fluffy friends are great for human well-being. I probably would have lost my shit a long time ago if I didn’t have my three cats. But I digress.

You may never be able to change the world for everyone, but even the small actions you take will have a big impact on your part.

Good luck and God bless you,

The Reverend


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