Watching the news is so hard right now. It’s devastating, it’s sad, and as a parent it cuts into your soul.  It can be difficult to know how to cope with tragedy in the news.

When you are in the vulnerable postpartum period, everything feels heightened. It can be even more challenging to know how to process difficult news. Your hormones are shifting, you may be sleep deprived, and you are trying to figure out what your new normal looks like. So when you read stories of families being torn apart, or people being hurt it can make you think about your own family, and for some moms this can be incredibly overwhelming.

What can you do when the world feels too much

It makes sense that hearing tragic news can be a huge trigger for new moms. If you are feeling triggered by the news, it is important that you notice how this impacts you. When hearing about tragic news, it is important to know that your mental health is important. Taking care of your mental health during these difficult times will allow you to be the best version of yourself, and that is where true change can really happen.

1. Be honest about how you are feeling

Is it triggering something from your past? Do you need to talk to someone about it? Take time to reflect on your feelings and thoughts, and do your best to understand them. Be honest with yourself, and with others.

2. Turn off the TV, and put down your phone

If you are feeling overwhelmed, take time away from it all. Tell your family you don’t want to talk about it. It’s okay to be protective of yourself and your mental health!

3. Do something good for your body

Take care of your body! Get outside and release some endorphins, and eat some healthy food. It will reenergize you and help you put things into perspective.

4. Do something good for your soul

This will look different for everyone. It can be yoga, meditation, or even a nap. Do something that calms your mind and slows your brain down. I tend to be a fan of singing Broadway show tunes at the top of my lungs, but that’s just me…

5. Take a step forward

Find a small concrete step you can take that makes a difference. Donate money or time to a cause you care about, support other local charities, or write letters to elected officials. Use your energy for positive change in this world.

You can’t pour from an empty glass

Use these tips to ensure that you are not pouring from an empty cup, but instead taking care of yourself so that you can create meaningful change in this world.

We are privileged. Those of us who read this blog and are able to take the opportunity to ‘take a break’ from the news have a unique privilege. It is important that we are mindful of this, and that if we have the opportunity we use our privilege to bring purposeful change into the world. If you are looking for a place to give back here are a few groups you may want to learn more about.

If you are struggling with your mental health or are triggered by what you’re hearing on the news don’t be afraid to reach out to someone!

About the Author: Jocelyn Wells – Postpartum Doula

Jocelyn is a mother, entrepreneur, and postpartum doula from Guelph, Ontario. She is passionate about helping families thrive, breaking down barriers for women, and helping new moms be their best selves. Visit her website here, and connect with her on social media here!