It’s safe to say most everyone wouldn’t mind if all the political posturing and divisiveness took a sudden nosedive into the sunset. As mentioned in an earlier post, healing for this mental health disaster is a work in progress. Thanks to resilience, many of us have already found ways to step back, or do whatever else might tone down knee-jerk reactions from our overextended fight-or-flight chemistry.
One popular collection of strategies involves limiting input from sources that tend to pump up this type of stress:
- Following only enough media reports to be informed
- Being especially selective about which social media contacts’ newsfeeds to follow
- While among others, simply not bringing up anything related to the socio-political situation
. . . and plenty more. My current draft of The Cogjam Effect includes suggestions similar to those above. Many people are discovering new ways to apply strengths, and doing it well. With this in mind, perhaps you have suggestions to add:
- What have you noticed about your own coping?
- What helps you calm the primitive brain’s surges of angst when toxic input crosses your path?
- What new strengths have you discovered in yourself as you travel this journey?
- Or, what do you see others do that seems to make things less tense?
This is your chance to share the wealth with those who are searching. Assessing your existing or newly emerging strengths is also an important step for laying to rest your own symptoms of cogjam. Please leave suggestions or observations in the box below–a great way to be part of the cogjam solution.