There are two big things you need to focus on if you want to stay sane while the world is going crazy and I’m going to cover them today.

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How do you keep your sanity when you truly can’t control what’s happening in the outside world? You focus on what you can control.

 First Big Thing to Focus On: Your Inputs:

 Input #1: What You See

Are you reading the news non-stop? Are you scrolling through your Facebook feed and looking at post after post about how to stop Covid-19 or all the ineptness of our administration? Then I want you to think about what you’re spending your time watching in general. Is it uplifting and positive, or are you going down long rabbit holes of shows where there’s backstabbing, egos on parade, violence, entitlement or general negativity?

Input #2: What You Hear

Are you consuming your news by listening to radio shows? Do you have it on in the background all day long? What podcasts or radio shows are you listening to? Are they uplifting and positive? Do they give you hope or tips you find effective and helpful?

Input #3: What You Taste

What are you eating and drinking? This is a great time to try out new healthy recipes or pull out that slow cooker. If you’ve got kids, what an opportunity to teach them to cook or to cook side-by-side with your mom and finally figure out that family recipe you haven’t been able to master.

Input #4: Who You Touch

Who do you keep in touch with? Who are you connecting with on a daily or consistent basis and does that interaction support you? And, of course, physical touch and connection is wonderful too. If you’ve got others in the house, remember to touch, make eye contact and get some hugs in. When someone is there all the time, it can be easy to forget to connect.

Second Big Thing to Focus On: Stop Catastrophizing

After you focus on those inputs it’s time to stop catastrophizing.

When you catastrophize you’re basically magnifying something and making a situation seem much worse or severe than it actually is. You’re jumping to a worst-case scenario and you don’t need to be there.

To stop catastrophizing you want to do the following:

  1. Acknowledge the thing
  2. Ask yourself, “What else could be true?”
  3. Name it: If the thoughts persist, give them a name.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to this:

Things can be upsetting, but it doesn’t mean you have to be upset.

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Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, The Yoga of Discipline

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