Note To Self
Ok so you've had your big awakening. Congratulations! You've graduated to alternative news sources for your information and are avoiding the mainstream narrative. You know what I mean right? Actually, this could mean a lot of things for a lot of people. Things feel good at first, but suddenly even your alternative news sources are stressing you out, just like the mainstream. You worry if you block them out, that you are either going to fall back asleep or miss something important. Next thing you know, you have what feels like an addiction.
Let me tell you my friends, as someone who has gone through this, it's just as unhealthy as being asleep and numb to the horrible events going on in the world. Humans can only process so much information, before it starts taking a toll on our mental health and exterior relationships. Next thing we know, we are completely immobilized and unable to do anything. It starts to eat away at our core and work its way out. But what can we do?
Don't worry, I've got you covered with some options! The first is the, "Note to Self," option. Sit down and write yourself a note. Have it say something like, "Are you still awake? You have x amount of days to catch up on news." Then seal the note in an envelope and write an open date on the front. I dated mine for three months from now. Hang the note somewhere you will find it. Now unfollow or mute all of those alternative sources. Stop talking about these things to family and friends. Live your life! You were put on earth to be a human. Be one. You ARE allowed to unplug.
The second option is just to listen to yourself. You have a divine inner voice that allows you to make good decisions. The problem is that society is so darn noisy, we have to consciously stop and be calm to hear that voice. Make sure you are taking the time to do this. You don't need your alternative sources to know what is good and bad for you. Don't let anyone pressure you either. If something feels right, then do it. If it feels wrong, then don't.
Some last little bits to help:
- Take time to meditate on a daily basis, even if it's only for five minutes. Listen to your own inner guidance. While ancient mantras work for some, I like to make up my own pertaining to whatever situation I'm in. You don't have to be a meditation guru, just sit calmly with yourself. Repeat some soothing words if it helps. "I'm safe. I'm ok. I don't need to obsess over the bad."
- Cry if you need to. Cry, but put a time limit on it. Don't lose yourself to the melancholy.
- If someone is forcing you into conversation on a topic that has been overloading your mind, politely ask them if you can change the subject. If they refuse, you reserve the right to walk away.
- Don't force certain topics on friends and family. Once will suffice. We aren't all on the same mission in life. We are all different. It's ok. Sometimes we just have to let go of things and move on.
- Find some volunteer work in your community. Staying busy helps and charity starts at home. We forget that humans were designed to work on a local level. Social media and technology gives us access to every little thing going on. We can't save the world, so pick one or two things and work hard at those. They matter.
- Join a book club or fun activity.
- Remember to go easy on yourself.
I hope this helps you to let go of some of the burden resting on your shoulders. Sending you much love on your journeys. Trust yourself to stay awake on your own terms. You don't need all of that noise around you.
Some things I like for relaxation and meditation are: