I haven’t seen, read, or listened to any news since last Thursday. That’s like an eternity for this former journalist/news junkie.
But as an empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), it all got to be too much. To the point where I had three nightmares in one week, and woke up screaming at the top of my lungs each time. It was TERRIFYING. And left me jittery with anxiety, not able to sleep because I was afraid of it happening again.
So for now, I’m practicing a little ignorant bliss. And I’m okay with that. As my therapist reminded me, everything we consume affects us – food, drinks, environmental toxins… and the news. So please adjust accordingly. Because your body is paying attention.
If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, know that you are absolutely not alone. It’s been a troublesome year.
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.
If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, call a warmline for support. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ️