With everything that is currently going on in the world, it can be difficult to focus on your work, your family, friends, and most importantly your inner peace. It is even tougher staying sane when there’s constant chaos around you.
How can you continue going on about your day, when you know there is so much pain, suffering, and overall chaos happening all around you? How can you focus on your daily mundane tasks which seem so small and insignificant right now? These are the thoughts that plague many right now.
Every single piece of information that you read, will have a direct effect on your mood and mindset. At the end of the day, it all comes down to finding the right balance. Yes, you should absolutely stay informed and read the news and educate yourself on life around the world. But don’t do it at the cost of your own sanity. Give yourself a break. Don’t obsess over having each new piece of media covered. Staying informed is the key to being mindful. However, staying sane is equally significant. Read the news every day, but limit it to a certain amount of time and to reputable sources. You can very easily fall down the rabbit hole where it takes a negative toll on your sanity if you are reading constant highlights on social media. Because the truth is the world can be quite a dark place, and if that is all you consume every day, that is all that you will see.
Another important thing to note, if you are a communications professional, is that it’s your responsibility to inform your clients that it would be wise to be mindful about what kind of narrative they want to put out at times like these. Can we push this press release to a later date? If so, then absolutely do that. The last thing you want is to upset your media colleagues by spamming them with information that is not relevant to them right now. It could negatively impact your relationship with them and their perception of your clients.
Working in the modern world comes with a lot of responsibilities and stress on its own, add to it the pandemic, war, economic crises, etc. and it feels like the walls are closing in on you. Staying sane is difficult. So this is how you can narrow your focus on your work. When you are working, avoid reading news that you know will upset you. Take the time to clear your thoughts and dive into work, because staying busy helps. If you feel comfortable doing so, talk to your colleagues or boss about your mental health. If you are feeling the toll of the constant negative news, getting it out of your system can do wonders for your mind. And lastly, watch that favorite cat video of yours for the 100th time, since it always cheers you up, because anything that sparks joy for you is good right now.