Nine things to do when you think the world is turning to shit

Do you remember when you were a little kid and the world was pretty amazing? And you couldn’t wait to get older and then you GET older and then the world can seem fairly fucked up? I am trying to pull myself out of a hole at the moment. It seems that every time I turn on the news or read the paper, my soul is destroyed a little bit more.

Is it concerning that I am becoming a little de-sensitized to the world’s current affairs? Yes, indeed it is.

Is it concerning me that my kids will wander passed the television and comment casually “Another terrorist attack Mum? How many people are dead?” Pretty horrific stuff hey?

I turn on Twitter to see the vile way in which people interact with each other. I turn it off.

It is all a bit gross hey? People saying things to others that they wouldn’t dare say to their face. I have taken a big step back from Social Media generally, because it was making my neck itch. And it was filling my head with worry that I didn’t need.

You see, your brain is just like a big old sponge and like a sponge, it cannot take on anymore water once it is full. So occasionally you have to squeeze that brain sponge to get rid of the water, so you can fill it back up again, hopefully with the good stuff. Does this make any sense to you?

I had coffee with some mates this morning and I was being VERY negative. Bitching and whinging about this and that, blowing off some steam following a massive argument with the teenager and generally being a miserable cow. My girlfriend snapped me out of it by these simple words…

“You have to let it go.”

And she was so right! By marinating in my misery, I was doing myself no favours whatsoever. I mean, you cannot move forward while you are looking back, right?

Here are a few tips and tricks to try when you think the world is going to hell in a handbag.

  1. Turn off all screens. By scrolling, reading, commenting and fulling up your sponge brain with all the sad shit will set you up nicely in a doomy gloomy sandwich.
  2. Check your tone. Think before you speak. Is there a kinder, more reasonable way to get your message across?
  3. DO NOT PUNCH THE PILLOW BECASUE SOMEONE PISSED ON THE FLOOR NEAR THE TOILET. Calmly hand the perpetrator a pine-o-clean paper towel and suggest that one might be more considerate of others when urinating. You might have to do this twelve thousand times, but much like training a puppy, persistence will pay off.
  4. Have a reliable supply of excellent, understanding friends who you can count on in a crises. And make sure you are available to do the same for them.
  5. Make a cup of tea. I know this sounds very trivial and mundane, but watch the kettle boil. Sitting down with your tea and your thoughts cannot be over-rated.
  6. Know that eventually there will be another election and we will hopefully get the chance to get our nation back on track. Hopefully!
  7. RAGE CLEAN! This is a particularly effective secret weapon of mine and is an aphrodisiac to my OCD partner. I cannot tell you how satisfying it is to fill up black garbage bags with useless shit. If this frightens you, start small. Do your handbag.
  8. Stop looking for the problems and start pondering the solutions.
  9. Never, ever give up. Ever!

It was Mark Twain who once said “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” and I think there is something in that for all of us, wouldn’t you say?

How are you dealing with the current state of the world?

Please feel free to share your shit-busting techniques!