First turn off the TV. And walk away from the computer.
It is important to slow down and check in with yourself both physically and emotionally when the world turns upside down. Then thoughtfully tend to the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your health. Doing so not only promotes healing, but also allows you to better care for the other people in your life.
To slow down, check in with yourself in a kind non-judgmental way, as if you were talking with a dear friend, child or pet. You can ask, “What am I feeling in this moment: in my heart, in my mind, and in my body?” Are you weary, angry, overwhelmed, or drained? Are you sick or in pain? Are your thoughts going too fast? All of these experiences are understandable.
Tend to your physical health as best you can. Eating healthy meals and avoiding alcohol and fast food if possible helps center your body. Exercise can help discharge difficult feelings. Getting fresh air and being in nature can nourish and relax us, even in the midst of unpleasant feelings and physical sensations. Sleep can help restore and rejuvenate the body as can listening to relaxing music or breathing in a relaxing scent like lavender.
How best to take care of your emotional health? Sometimes talking with a trusted person or writing down your feelings can be useful. In addition, thinking of one or two things for which you are grateful can often lift your spirits.
Stay well and breathe.