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Ignore the Headlines: Keep Calm and Carry On!

Hi this is Laura Rotter from True Abundance Advisors.

I was meeting with a client yesterday and she was sharing how anxious she is from all the headlines in the news. Inflation is rising, Russia's going to invade the Ukraine, the market is down, the market's up. She was feeling so agitated that she was having trouble sleeping at night, and so she asked me for some advice and I'd like to share the advice I gave her with you.

My first piece of advice take a deep breath. Be present to what's actually happening in this moment, and perhaps name three things that you're grateful for. In this moment I'm grateful for the warmth of my home, the beauty of the sunset just outside my window, and the company of my cat who is sitting in the corner of this room licking his paws.

My second piece of advice try to create some space between you and all these headlines, and the best way to do that is to not reach for your phone. You know doom scrolling first thing in the morning. Looking at your email first thing in the morning and then seeing your email and doom scrolling last thing at night before you turn out the light. No wonder it's hard to fall asleep

Perhaps start a routine in the morning that before you reach for your phone you might meditate for a couple of moments. I'm lucky enough to have a dog who needs to be walked first thing in the morning so I'm outside getting exercise before I check my phone. Maybe it'll work for you to exercise go to the gym first thing in the morning and wait a bit before you start checking the news and same thing at night. It would be great if a half an hour to an hour before you go to sleep you actually read a book or somehow create space between yourself and all the news.

My third piece of advice is reach out to your support system. Know which friends and family members actually help you during periods of anxiety, and know which friends and family members are so anxious themselves that it actually just builds your feeling out of control and fear. Reach out to those people who can make you feel better when you feel that anxiety building up.

Look, there's no escaping the news. Frankly the new service is geared towards finding the most sensational anxiety provoking headlines. So maybe put your phone on airplane mode when you don't need to be checking the news and email. Take a deep breath and reach out to your friends and family that you love.

Of course feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you'd like some support. I look forward to hearing from you!

Now please go out there and live your life on purpose!