Introduction

recent scary story that can leave us feeling stressed and anxious. Scary news can effect our mental health. Global news effects different people in different ways.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does watching/listening/scrolling the news affect your mental health?

  • How much of the news are you absorbing?

  • Is it changing your behaviour? Do you avoid doing things or avoid situations?

If you find that the news is affecting your mental health. Try the following for a period of time:

  • Take a break from the news

  • Turn off notifications on your phone

  • Mute or unfollow social media accounts that report on the news

  • Limit your intake of the news to a specific time of day

After taking a break, reflect on how you feel. Do you feel more mentally balanced? If the answer is ‘yes’, try adjusting how you take in the news by:

  • Limiting the amount of time you spend listening/watching or scrolling the news to bite sized sessions.

  • Take regular breaks from listening to the news

  • Check in regularly with yourself to see how you are feeling

  • Change the social media platforms you follow based on how you feel

Mostly it is important that you are mindful how you are getting your news, whether that is via the t.v., phone, computer or any other source.  Make sure it is a reliable source that is balanced and unbiased.

There are always other people who feel the same as you and by connecting with the local community can help you to feel less powerless and alone. Connect with your local community by:

  • Volunteering

  • Join a campaign group that focuses on issues that align with yours

  • Join a Facebook group or a local meet-up group

Connecting with others and helping in your local community in a meaningful way is good for your mental health by being involved.

If you feel passionate about something and have something to say, speak up. Voice your views by:

  • Joining a political group that has the same values as you

  • Take part in a peaceful rally

  • Join relevant events and debates.

How you respond to other people who do not agree with you is equally important. Above all LISTEN and really hear what the person is saying, they may just have a point.

If you still feel that your mental health is getting the better of you, reach out to:

  • Talk to a friend, family member or Doctor

  • Talk to an organisation like MIND

  • Text or message a support line

  • Keep a journal

  • Do things that make you feel good and laugh, sing, draw, express yourself

Develop routines that support your overall health and well-being.

Sleep

Sleep is an important part of our lives.  We need adequate sleep to function at our best.  Develop a set time for bed and when you get up.

Move

By exercising and stretching you increase blood flow and lymph.  Choose an exercise or activity that you enjoy!

Nutrition

Eat a balanced diet that nourishes the body.

Water

Stay hydrated, make sure you are drinking enough water.  Most people are dehydrated and that affects our thoughts and feelings.

Time

Make time to spend with family, friends and loved ones.

Nature

Spend time in nature everyday, get outside to boost your mood and reduce stress.

Finally, there will always be scary events that take place in the world that can be unsettling and affect us.  How you respond and react is important. 

 What causes SIBO?

  • Low stomach acid

  • Chronic stress

  • Overuse of acid blockers or PPI’s 

  • Gastrointestinal infections

  • Food poisoning

  • Celiac 

  • Multiple courses of antibiotics

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Diabetes (type 1 or 2)

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