New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 28, 2020

Editorial: Don’t let what’s going on in the world be the cause of mental health issues

By Robb Johnson | October 27, 2020 11:46 pm

Where is your mental health right now and how are you dealing with this nutty world?

We are living in such times of turmoil and there is no promise of tomorrow. Things look sad when you watch the news and check social media feeds. I am here to tell you that everything will be okay.

Everything happening now has happened before. We are conditioned to think that things now are new and being seen for the first time. We must remember that we have so much history. It helps just to take that resource and do some research and make it count for something.

There is so much information out here. It’s 2020, and we have to stop thinking that we are the only people to go through bad things. When you assume that things are worse than ever, it sets a dangerous mind frame that has you starting to think the worst. When you think the worst without knowing the actual facts, it can set off a chain of events that will drive you crazy. This can happen to the best of us, no matter how strong you are.

Mental health issues can happen to anyone. Stress can happen as well. I suggest turning off the news and social media and do something to take your mind off what’s going on in the world. Read a book, do some yoga, get some exercise, or just find a hobby that makes you happy. These things can turn your mind off and put you in a peaceful place.

The hard truth is that amid the presidential race along with the COVID-19 virus coverage, it is nothing but scaring people day-by-day. We are seeing a lot of negatives and no matter what era you come from, it affects your mind. As individuals, we must find a place where you can go to escape this.

Life is about living and having fun. I am not saying that you should eliminate the issues. I am saying that you need to take control of how much you take in before it takes control of you. I promise that you aren’t ready for those issues to take control of you.