Shut Off the News

Date posted: October 16, 2014

I can’t remember the last time I watched the news. There’s no way I’m letting that poison into my system. It’s almost always negative any way, but throw in some Ebola and mid-term elections here in the US, and it’s all out pandemonium.

This is not to say I bury my head in the sand. I’m well aware of what’s going on in the world. I simply choose to not hear it over and over again from an organization whose success depends on my raised cortisol (stress hormone) levels! shield

We are so susceptible to fear and panic, and it takes some real vigilance to protect ourselves emotionally and spiritually.

Here are some quick tips to staying grounded in an alarmist society:

  1. Be very selective with where you get your information. Shortcut: If it’s a news channel or its website, walk away. And please, don’t let friends’ posts on Facebook be your source.
  2. Practice regular centering techniques. The more you can be internally connected, the better equipped you’ll be to take the very best care of yourself. For an effective and quick exercise, check out my video here.
  3. Move your body. Get out in nature, no matter the weather. Find some woods to roam around in. Take a walk on the beach. Ideally, go somewhere that gets you away from the hustle and bustle.
  4. Meditate. We hear how beneficial meditation is, but many of us get blocked at doing it “right” or “long enough.” Sitting quietly for even five minutes can be effective. I love Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenges. In fact, there’s another one starting in a couple of weeks, this one on the Energy of Attraction. They’re completely free, no strings attached. Check it out here.
  5. Spend time with people who make you laugh; who make you feel deeply; by whom you feel loved and cherished. Quality time with your tribe can make all the difference.

You couldn’t not know what’s going on in the world if you tried. There’s plenty of people out there who are willing and eager to share tragedy, fear, and devastation. Don’t be one of them, and instead honor yourself enough to surround your beautiful spirit with love and compassion.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this. Join the conversation below. I’m listening…

Until next week, keep taking those small steps to Live Out Loud

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