Overwhelmed By the Coronavirus Outbreak, Politics, Life? Here Are 3 Ways to Use Mindfulness As an Antidote to Feeling "Triggered" by Julie Potiker

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Overwhelmed By the Coronavirus Outbreak, Politics, Life? Here Are 3 Ways to Use Mindfulness As an Antidote to Feeling "Triggered"

Being tapped into the digital world can become downright overwhelming for many of us, but we don’t have to just brace ourselves and take it. Mindfulness is a simple and easily accessible tool that can help us feel better. Here are some ways to get started:

1. Try something new. Which info streams do you partake of most? A favorite cable news channel? Your most-used social media stream? Try switching the form and frequency of your consumption. Breaking the pattern that causes you stress by consciously choosing the “what, where and when” of your news cycle can be empowering.

2. Take a break. Challenge yourself to take a technology break. Plan activities, interactions, outings or quiet time that are completely free of smartphones, computers and tablets. It really can do wonders for your well-being.

3. Make a difference. Don’t let bad news or online divisiveness make you feel powerless, because you’re not. You can choose to take specific actions that make a difference in the world for the people and causes you care about most. One of the best ways to do this is to volunteer for or donate to a cause you believe in. There are hard, painful truths in this world – and you can still serve as a force for good.

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Very reassuring during these crazy times. 🙏
Love the idea of breaking the cycle and trying something new. Great idea.
Elisa Schmitz
It has been a very stressful few weeks as the coronavirus situation gets worse. What has helped me is not obsessing, focusing on what I can control and putting my energy into positive things like giving back and making a difference. I so appreciate your inspiring tips, Julie Potiker !

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