How to Manage Fear Around the News & Politics

How to manage fear around negative news and politics by Athena Laz

 Q: Hi Athena, I’m starting to feel really frazzled by external world events. I wake up and scroll through my feeds, and just feel so depressed and fearful. The world feels like one giant mess. I feel so helpless, like what can I do? I’m just one person. How can I manage this? – Mabathu


 Hey Mabathu,

 It’s really difficult not to feel saddened by current events, mainly because these events are throwing (most of) us into an automatic fear response.

Here are a couple of things that can help move you from fear into compassion and calmness:

 Begin by recognizing and focusing on what you can change.

Random acts of kindness are a great example of this at play.

What is one action you could do that would make you feel more empowered?

Is it visiting a homeless shelter and actively contributing?

Is it making a monthly donation to an organisation you feel passionately about?

What about something small like spreading love, compassion and hope in a world that seems very dark at times?

How to manage fear around the news with Athena Laz

  Recognize that a massive movement is almost always an amalgamation of individuals who decided to do something.  [Watch my video interview with Rebecca Campbell  on how to calm overwhelm here ]

So know that you, as just one person, really CAN make a difference.

When we look to things outside of ourselves to validate what we want to feel, we end up feeling powerless and stuck.  Athena Laz's Tweet That

You can alter this helplessness by cultivating compassion and connection.

Ditch scrolling through your feeds on waking up.

Start your day with intent.

Calm your mind & heart so the people you interact with on a daily basis will feel your presence & expand through it. Athena Laz's Tweet That

Staying informed is one thing; becoming engulfed by a negative stream of news is another.

You always have a choice.

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P.S. I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this.  Do you feel frazzled?


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  1. Bablofil 4 years ago

    Thanks, great article.

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    Athena Lazarides 4 years ago

    Happy to hear it resonated with you!

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