The past few days have been a hell of a tragedy overload worldwide. It’s hard enough dealing with life’s daily problems, but what do you do when life insists on reminding you of how much pain exists in the world? Here are some tips I’ve figured out while coping myself.
1. Express your Feelings
It is normal to feel all sorts of feelings when you hear about something that upsets you. When I heard about the recent tragedy in Norway, I felt repulsed at what humans are capable of, I felt angry that such a thing could happen, and I felt guilty that I couldn’t do anything to help. Chatting with my friend online helped me to feel understood and supported. If you don’t feel like talking about your emotions, find another way to express them like through listening to music, writing, doing art, or exercising.
2. Protect Yourself
External traumas are horrific and affect us all in deep ways, but if you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break from the news or twitter or other things that may trigger you. Surround yourself in aspects of your own life that you find comforting; relish what you have in your life that you are thankful for. Comforting yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the rest of the world, but rather that you know that to best help others, taking care of yourself has to come first. Remember those instructions for airplane emergencies? Put on your own oxygen mask first, then help others with theirs, because if you pass out you won’t be help to anyone.