Staying informed but not overwhelmed
There’s no doubt that the news about what is happening in Ukraine is upsetting and causing us to worry. For those of us who struggle with anxiety, it can make us feel even more stressed and worried.
Of course it is important to keep informed about what is going on around the world, but it’s also important that you take care of yourself.
We have some advice on how you can stay informed but not overwhelmed.
Limit your news intake
Tuning in to every single development can cause anxiety and fear. Set yourself a specific time of day to check the latest headlines, and then switch off. Lunchtime might be a good time, as first thing in the morning might spoil your day, and in the evening might affect your sleep.
Take a break from social media
People tend to use social media to share opinions or as a place to vent. This might cause you to feel angry, upset or scared. If you do browse social media, stick to following people or profiles you know, and limit your time scrolling.
Get information from reliable sources
Unreliable or incorrect reporting can increase our distress. Get your updates from the main media outlets.
Talk to someone
Many people are probably feeling the same way as you, so talk to a friend, family member or colleague about how you’re feeling. Sharing your experience can help reduce the worry.
Be kind to yourself
Focus on you, your life and your surroundings. You should never feel guilty about putting your own mental health and wellbeing first. Try some self-care like breathing exercises, mindfulness or meditation to help you relax.
If you’re feeling helpless, there are some things you can do to make a difference. Getting involved can help relieve feelings of distress. Look for charities that are working to support the people of Ukraine (stick to well-known organisations, such as British Red Cross or UNICEF, for example, to avoid scams). Global Citizen has a list of other ways you could help.
If you need additional support…
The Community Living Well Peer Support service gives you the opportunity to meet and talk to people who may share similar experiences to you. You can refer yourself to the Peer Support service by completing this online form, or by calling 020 3317 4200.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 10th March 2022