Mindful Engagement During Difficult Times
Is it just me, or does it feel like the world is burning down around us?
In an age where staying informed and up-to-date on global affairs is crucial—especially for those of us in professions that require a strong social media presence (hello, fellow PR practitioners!)—the relentless influx of information can quickly lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Our world feels really dark right now, and while a blog post won’t change the harsh reality of the current global landscape, I’d like to share some strategies to help you prioritize your mental wellbeing while staying informed and engaged with world events.
Before we dive in, it’s crucial to acknowledge the immense privilege of being able to step away when the world becomes too painful. Not everyone has this luxury. Freedom, safety and geographical distance are not guaranteed to all, and I’m aware of the privilege I hold to even suggest this as a form of self-care. Writing this, I can’t help but think of all those who don’t have this luxury, and my heart and prayers go out to all those impacted by the current events in Palestine and Israel.
Be selective about the content you engage with on social media. Follow accounts that offer valuable insights and accurate information. Set specific times for checking your social media feeds to avoid being overwhelmed by a constant stream of information. This will help ensure that you aren’t hiding from the news cycle, instead taking in manageable doses of critical information. Working in an industry that requires a strong social media presence doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally available 24/7.
Stay informed but don’t numb yourself
Being well-informed is essential, especially in an industry where staying updated is part of your job. However, there’s a fine line between staying informed and obsessing over current events. Balance your desire for knowledge with the recognition that constantly dwelling on distressing news can take a toll on your mental health and in some cases even numb you to the reality of the situation. Instead of doom scrolling, find a way to give back and support those impacted. There are many organizations on the ground helping firsthand. Do your research and make sure they are reputable.
Engage in self-care
Staying grounded during difficult times isn’t always easy, especially if you or someone you know are personally impacted. Try investing in mindfulness and self-care practices. Deep breathing exercises, mindful movement and journaling can help you manage stress and maintain mental balance. Take screen breaks outside or spend quality time with loved ones.
Maintaining a strong social media presence while prioritizing your mental health is a delicate balancing act. However, by practicing a few of the tips above, you can hopefully navigate the digital world with a little more grace and resilience. Remember, your wellbeing is your most valuable asset, and taking steps to nurture it will not only benefit you but also empower you to be a source of positive change in the world.