Moving through media with intention.
There certainly is a lot of heavy in the media this week.
It seems that some people are making some scary choices (and I'm not talking about Game of Thrones).
Social media and the news are full of head-shaking sadness and disappointment. How do we safely move through this sadness when our habit is to turn to social media daily?
Many of us check social media throughout the day as a quick dopamine hit.
We open Facebook or Instagram and our eyes pop up to see if we have been validated in a message or a like. Wheeee belonging!
We browse for "only a few minutes" to scan through the latest posts from our friends to keep us updated.
But what happens when the world takes a turn for the worse and we are bombarded by reminders of stupidity? Reminders that we live in a potentially scary world that is controlled by others' actions...
How do we, as empathetic driven women, navigate the triggers in the media?
We can do that by practicing two of my favourite things: boundaries and intent.
Time to get honest with "why" we are looking at social media.
To choose to view with intent.
If the intent is to turn off our minds for a wee bit, then when there is a negative media flare, social media is not going to help.
We are more likely to be triggered if that is our intent and we continue viewing.
If the intent is to inform, there are more reputable sources that can give us the information we need without the images and the repetition.
If the intent is to help, we can look to certain members of our community who have the power to enact change and contact them.
If the intent is to catch up with friends, then create a list of valued members and only view that list for a time.
When things are heated, it is important to remember what we stand for and that there is a productive way to navigate the changes or a destructive way.
We get to use our strengths to speak for what we want, but need to remember that people are involved.
Critically consider the source.
And set boundaries.
If we are strongly against (or for) the present outcome, then we need to take time to connect with our own views.
To find a way to communicate effectively and with respect.
To set boundaries with others to ensure we are responding from a place of connection rather than reacting from a place of volatility.
It takes time to wade through the feels.
People can't hear the point through the reaction. Especially through text.
Knowing our hearts allows us to set boundaries with others and to look for ways to be helpers, to better support helpers.
I wish that this world was a safer and kinder and more caring space.
Together we can stand up for each others' awesomeness.
What are your most reputable sources?
How do you deal with the media storm?
Leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you.
Wishing you a gentle weekend,