Author of Be Ready for Anything and the online course Build a Better Pantry on a Budget
Times are tough, and we’re really just getting started. This situation is a long haul, and you need to get mentally prepared for that. You’ve got to learn to manage your stress.
It seems like the crisis the US finds itself in goes on and on, mutates, turns into a different crisis, and the cycle is never-ending. After all, nothing has been the same since 2020, when Covid mandates began. As Selco predicted, the virus wasn’t what we needed to worry about. It was the system.
Now, just as the mandates begin to get rolled back, the specter of World War 3 is on the horizon, with all the goings-on between Russia and Ukraine. Will anything come of this over here in America? It’s impossible to say, really. But people are buying potassium iodide tablets like they’re going out of style and collecting information about how to survive a nuclear war.
This isn’t to mention the prices of gas, food, and everything else skyrocketing for a population that still hasn’t recovered from nearly two years of mandates that restricted their ability to make money. Add to this shortages brought on by a variety of factors, and going to the store sure isn’t like it used to be.
Talk about stress.
It’s enough to keep a person under a constant burden of stress. It’s one thing after another. And the hits just keep on coming.
I have some bad news. They’re going to keep on coming. Don’t expect this to be over soon and for life to magically return to pre-Covid normal. There are some bells that cannot be unrung, and we’re watching cause and effect in real-time.
We are riding an avalanche caused by crazy policies not just from this administration but decades of bad decisions and increasingly accepted Marxist philosophies. This is not something that you or I can control.
And we’re in it for the duration.
If you think you’re stressed out now, just wait until this time next year when more draconian and nonsensical laws have passed, more people have died in pointless wars, and our economy continues to plummet. And then the year after that. And so on and so forth.
I know that sounds pessimistic and doomy, but please read on.
How do you handle the constant barrage of fear and bad news?
I know things are exceedingly difficult for many people right now. But you’ve got to get a handle on how this is affecting you mentally. We are just at the beginning of a long and difficult journey, and “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
How do you handle the constant barrage of fear and bad news?
First, you’ve got to stop letting yourself get sucked into every negative news cycle. Of course, I feel bad for the citizens of Ukraine. What we’re seeing is terrible. But the news is manipulated to make you feel a certain way. While this is absolutely no endorsement of the actions of Putin, when has a situation ever been quite this black and white? We have the “perfect noble hero” and the “perfect evil villain.” Where’s the gray area in all this? Again, this is not to excuse the killing of civilians – but I’m positive a lot is being omitted from the story.
And not just this story – it’s every story. What about Hunter Biden’s laptop? If this was Trump’s son’s laptop, he’d be getting impeached (again), and we’d be reading every word on that laptop in breathless articles. The media has finally, after almost two years, admitted the laptop exists, it’s real, and it’s got some very sketchy stuff on it. If the truth had not been censored before the election, do you think the election might have gone the other way?
When you catch up on current events, you can be assured of one thing: you’re rarely, if ever, getting the full story. Your emotions are being manipulated, one way or the other. We’re being deliberately divided, and it’s happened many times in the past. If we’re fighting each other, we’re not paying attention to the things from which the government is trying to distract us.
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
I see people getting incredibly stressed every single day over some new offense, whether it occurred at home or abroad. You can’t keep up this level of stress for years. You’ll drop dead from a stress-related illness, you’ll be less effective because your brain is clouded by panic, and you’ll miss the little things that still make life worth living. You cannot keep up this pace of media-driven hysteria and stress.
Our current situation of economic decline is not one that will be resolved in weeks or even months. It will probably last for years. But you can survive it. You can start taking things in stride. You can act instead of react.
The situation began way above our paygrade, and it will remain that way. You’ve got to focus on the smaller circle of your immediate family and community.
Here are a few tips that may help you manage your stress.
If you’re feeling swept up in the nonstop stress of life today, here are a few things that may help.
Limit your access to the news. This is the most important thing you can do. First, we’re never getting the full story on the news. There are so many articles about Ukraine and the financial collapse that you could literally read every waking moment and not get through all of them. You don’t need to be that hyper-focused. If you find yourself constantly refreshing your favorite news site, do yourself a favor and limit yourself to once or twice per day. Even being in the news business, I find that I have to take a step back when dealing with long-lasting, horrifying stories like the ones we’re seeing right now.
Focus on your specific needs. How is the entire situation affecting you personally? What part is the most difficult for you? Is it the supply chain shortages? The high gas prices? Something else? Make a plan to tackle that issue. For supply chain issues, begin planning your garden. Consider whether livestock like chickens are an option for you. What can you stock up on right now before it’s too late? Can you do some bulk purchasing? If the price of gas has you stressed, figure out if there’s another place in your budget you can cut back and reallocate those funds. Group your errands, carpool, take public transit, walk when you can. Find ways to get around this. The point here is problem-solving, not problem-marinating.
Recognize what’s within your control and what’s not. There are a lot of things going on in the world that are outside your control. There’s really little point in giving this more mental energy than it deserves when you can’t do anything about it. Instead, focus on determining that which you can control. (Here’s an article on this topic.) Put your energy there.
Find some ways to be peaceful. There are so many ways people find inner peace. For you, it might be your faith, meditation, walking in the woods, or spending time with loved ones. Many people love to garden or sew or build. Don’t forego creative pursuits that clear your mind in order to focus on the chaos unfolding around us.
This is just the beginning.
This is not a situation that is going to be resolved quickly. There are too many moving parts, too many insidious goals, and too many people in power that are not looking out for our best interests. We need to face the fact that this is our reality for now and make the best of it.
More things will happen to take over the news cycle, things the media will pounce upon to out-horrify us beyond the last thing by which we were horrified. You don’t have to take part in their game. You don’t have to indulge in all the conspiracies (whether fact or theory) if doing so is of no help to you.
Buckle up, for this is a long and bumpy ride we’re facing. You simply cannot get worked up by each little thing, especially things that don’t directly affect you. If you focus on your own well-being and that of your family, you’ll be much better prepared to withstand the long haul with peace and resolve.
How do you manage your stress?
If it feels like the whole world is crumbling around you, what are you doing to manage your stress? How are you handling the constant barrage of terrible news? What advice do you have for those who are becoming paralyzed by stress? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites. 1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty; 2) The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived; and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. Her work is widely republished across alternative media and she has appeared in many interviews.
Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books, 12 self-published books, and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses at SelfRelianceand Survival.com You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.