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With so many shocking things happening in the world today, along with our year being, pretty much, turned upside-down social media can be a rather daunting realm to traverse. With that being said, earlier this year the great minds at The Silk Room decided to put together a helpful guide to make us more mindful of our daily interactions, feelings and general wellbeing when dealing with trauma online.

1. FRESH AIR
If you can do so safely, get some fresh air.

A 30-minute walk or run will do your mind and body wonders. Not only will it give you a chance to make sense of your thoughts but the endorphins from exercising will make you feel better.

2. SWITCH OFF
There is a tremendous amount of traumatising images and videos online. Give yourself permission to switch off for a while and take a break.

3. SHARING IS CARING
You do not need to suffer alone!

There are entire communities feeling the same way you do right now. Reach out to friends and family, or if that isn’t possible, try expressing yourself within a safe space where your voice will be heard.

The Silk Room welcomes DM’s/emails from anyone who is in need of a space to vent or receive unbiased and non-judgemental support.

4. AMPLE SLEEP
Are you getting enough sleep, are you eating enough?
Listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs.

5. AFFIRMATIONS
Positive affirmations are sentences that people use to express how they want themselves or circumstances to be, in a way that affirms that it is already true, or on its way to becoming true. We can use affirmations to put ourselves in a positive thinking space and to help us have something to look forward to by being excited for what is to come.

6. CATCH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
It is human nature for us to have the occasional negative thought about ourselves. However the issue is when we start believing the negative things we say about ourselves. When we catch ourselves thinking things such as ‘I am stupid’, ‘I can not do this’ or ‘I am not good enough’, we can change them into ‘I do not understand but I can learn’, ‘I am doing my best and that is something to be proud of’ or ‘I have a purpose’.

7. TIME TO SAY “NO”
It is ok to say that you cannot speak/think about the current situation at this time. Friends and family that are passionate about causes may send things to you to read or watch, but please do not feel obligated to engage.

8. FRIENDSHIP
Traumatic moments have a way of showing you who really is on your team. While painful to do, it is ok to cut people off, or to take breaks from certain friendships.

9. GUILTY PLEASURES
Throw on that feel good album or binge watch your favourite series. What was your favourite cartoon as a child? Can you find a few episodes to watch? Nostalgia can bring back the comfort of childhood and why not give yourself zero responsibility for a little while.

You can talk with a counsellor, therapist or spiritual mentor. If you do not feel like talking, perhaps try meditation. It is ok to be still. Sometimes just sitting and processing your thoughts is exactly what you need.

10. NEWS OUTLETS
If you want to stay in touch with what is going on, but not be drowned in it, you can read up on the developing story from a news source that you trust. However, try and limit the amount of time in doing so and ensure you have something nice (like a cup of tea and biscuits or your favourite game) lined up for afterwards as it may be heavy.

11. SOCIAL MEDIA
Most people mean well when they post about past or current events, but it is important to do your own research too. Posts are easily shared, and the facts may not always be correct so do not believe everything at face value and take what you read with a pinch of salt.

12. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
Do you like writing?

Keep a journal or use an app to document your thoughts. You can either write about how you feel or use it as an exercise to take a break and do some creative writing, or drawing.

 

Below are a few helplines for places you can find further information and support:

Mind
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
info@mind.org.uk
Text: 86463

CALM
Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58
www.thecalmzone.net

Anxiety UK
Support for those that have a diagnosed anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774
www.anxietyuk.org.uk

No Panic
Support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Phone: 0844 967 4848
www.nopanic.org.uk

YoungMinds
Information on child and adolescent mental health for parents.
Phone: 0808 802 5544
www.youngminds.org.uk

Samaritans
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123
www.samaritans.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927
www.rethink.org

PAPYRUS
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: 0800 068 4141
www.papyrus-uk.org

Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning.
www.mentalhealth.org.uk

 

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The Silk Room is a black owned business with a self-care ethos.
They promote self-care and wellbeing from the inside-out.

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