Woman laughing Are you overwhelmed with all the bad news? It is important to remember to laugh during these times, I am finding myself overwhelmed with all the sadness and destruction.  I am a news junkie, so I have watched so much reporting of what is happening in Afghanistan, people who are incredibly sick, so much death and sadness. Add to that the fires here in Northern California, so many people are losing their homes or belongings, or they just don’t know the status of their homes. I have not seen the sun for several days. It can be depressing.

Turn Off Electronics

As I sit here listening to the most recent fire update, I am reminded it is necessary to take care of myself. It is okay to turn off the television and all social media. However, living alone turning off all noise-making devices that bring bad news makes for a very quiet house. The air quality outside is horrible and unhealthy so spending time outdoors in my garden is not a good idea.

Instead of Electronics

This morning I started a list to improve my mood and remove the overwhelm from all the sadness. I am sharing those ideas with you in case you need encouragement as well.

Laughter is the best medicine.

  • I have a dry sense of humor, what most people find funny, I don’t. It is good to get advice from others, but I have to do what works for me.
  • Funny movies can be a nice release. I don’t know of any recent movies, but my favorites are Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and Rhinestone Cowboy with Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone. Every time I watch those movies, I laugh all the way through them.
  • Books by authors who write funny or encouraging content. I gravitate toward books that teach me something, which are not usually humorous.

Reaching out to other people is also essential. As a single person, it is easy to go long periods without seeing people. Talking to friends on the phone is awesome; however, humans are made for connection. Connection is not just conversation; touch is necessary. Is it time for a pedicure or massage? Physical contact is also very healing.

Reminder to Laugh

Remember to laugh and take care of yourself, turn off devices that are just repeating depressing news. Watch videos of baby’s laughing or animals doing silly things. We can’t take in sad news 24/7 and expect it won’t affect our emotions. Ask for help when you need it.

I have other blog posts with ideas on how to have fun.