When the Outside World Feels Out of Control

January 20, 2021

Nearly a year into the pandemic, with added political unrest, it’s important to ask yourself this question: How is my state of mind? We’ve had a lot to deal with in 2020 and the beginning of 2021! Learning to cope is fundamental.

One of the best things to do when the outside world feels out of control is to start focusing on your immediate world. Stay connected with friends and family. Be proactive about taking breaks, including those from social media.

When you feel the need to worry, set a timer. Allow yourself to feel those feelings. But when the timer goes off, it’s important to leave those feelings where they are and start to focus on something that brings you joy and some good to the world. Taking negative feelings and turning them into a force for good is going to be one of the best things we can do to help ourselves as well as to help others.

However, if you’re worrying excessively or struggling with low motivation or stress, get help. Seeking therapy is just like going to a doctor when you’re not feeling your best. It isn’t anything to feel bad about, and it’s not something that needs to last forever.

If you or someone you know would benefit from talking with a mental health professional, call Prairie View’s crisis line at 800-362-0180.

Beth Owens, LSCSW