A Recipe To Stay Sane In An Insane World
by Dr Aletta, Explore Whats Next
August 21, 2017

My first impulse is to bury my head in the sand but itís really hard to eat ice cream that way.

Second impulse is to read and watch the news; everything related to the troubles: what is going on with the crazy rhetoric about nuclear war, neo-nazis violently attacking protesters, unchained hate unleashed! That lasts a while until I have to step away or my head will explode.

Third impulse, and I have to admit this one is strong, is to look for a way to escape without feeling guilty.

How can I be a good citizen and remain sane enough to live my little life?

I tried out this recipe over the weekend and it worked pretty well:

One Part Connection: I believe in being informed citizenry. I believe that in a democracy it is essential. Itís not easy when we are all in our silos not listening enough to each other. But I do believe that the great majority of humanity is Good, we have similar-enough core values if we could just tolerate, even embrace, what makes us different. So I try to consume the news in small, digestible bites from sources I trust, even if that means being uncomfortable.

One Part Escape: I was so relieved when I saw this article To Stay Sane Read More Celebrity Gossip. Yes! Thatís perfect. So is meditation which allows the overstuffed head to let go of all the nasty. So is reading a damn book about someone elseís life, watching a movie where things explode and no one gets hurt, binge watch a favorite series (Iím partial to The Great British Baking Show right now. So soothing!) Listening to music. Visiting Annie and my friends at the barn. Going for a ride.

Three Parts Living My Imperfectly Good Little Life the best I can: This is where I believe we have the most in common, all of us, with each other. We just want to live our lives the best way we know how. That includes everything from pulling up weeds in the over-run flower beds, spending some time taking care of business, care for a sick relative, paying bills, returning correspondence, calling my sisters to catch up, grocery shopping, hell, even taking a shower.

Self-care is recognizing that while we arenít the center of the Universe, we are the center of our little lives. People depend on us. We need harmony to function at our best. Give yourself permission to escape periodically, refresh, focus on your life and vote.