I live in the United Kingdom, and the past few months our country has suffered several tragedies and political crisis.
I refer to the Westminster Attack, The Manchester Bombing, The London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, and most recently Grenfell Tower Fire.
My thoughts go out to all affected by these atrocities and their loved ones ❤
I have always known that I have been particularly sensitive to what I read about or see on the news- and I defy anybody to not have been affected by the tragedies that affect the world around us.
However, recently my anxiety has been up and down a lot, I have had this awful feeling of unease and for a while I was unsure of the “trigger” if you like. I have GAD though so often there has not been a trigger that I could understand, some years ago I had some intensive psycho-dynamic therapy to try and figure out the root cause, we never truly did but the therapist did identify that feeling that I am out of control will affect my mental health leading to feelings of chronic anxiety.
However, I would say that for anybody feeling anxious about current affairs it IS normal.
When events happen in countries that are thousands of miles away from us, as individuals we can naturally feel stressed and anxious that we are powerless to help or make a difference. With events in our proximity we can feel overwhelmed, terrified and concerned about the safety of ourselves and our loved ones which affects our day to day life.With the often-random nature of events, it is natural that we will sense panic or unease With things like political and social change we can feel this sense of fear, with the unknown impending, these are uncertain times.
Unfortunately, life is unpredictable. We have very little control over the world and the people in it. We can’t control someone’s actions, but we can control our own actions, thoughts, and beliefs, and the way we react to certain scenarios .
I think its important that we try and keep a sense of perspective. This is sometimes difficult, I have to admit I am the person who has SKY NEWS and a national paper app, this is not good because i find myself going online and giving my full attention to what I read. This in turn affects my sleep and I end up making myself even more anxious.
While we don’t have control over certain big events on the news, we do have control over ourselves and our perspective. This is something that I need to work on, but at uncertain times like this, I think it is entirely natural to feel uneasy and anxious.
How do world events affect you?
I would love to hear from you.
Thanks as always for reading