With the recent shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde, there has been much tragedy centered in the news. A lot of us may be experiencing complicated feelings. I for one have been going back and forth between anger, disgust, frustration, sadness, and grief. It is important for us to stay informed of what is happening in our communities, but certain news coverage can also place us at risk for secondary traumatization. Here are tips that I have been sharing with my clients this week for coping with a difficult news cycle:
Be mindful of what is coming up for you in your body why taking in news coverage
Allow yourself the space to feel whatever emotions that may arise. Whether it be anger, frustration, disgust, or grief, they are all valid.
Be mindful of your own emotional capacity while also giving yourself breaks from the news
Be mindful of consuming news from outlets that you trust
Make sure that you are tending to your needs
Make soothing your nervous system a priority
Be gentle with yourselves. It is a difficult and heavy time for many of us here in the U.S.
Love & Light,