How to Avoid Going Crazy in a World That Seems on Fire

How to avoid going crazy

Learning how to avoid going crazy might not be as difficult as you think it is. Yes, we’re living in a challenging time. Many of us have never experienced life in the way that we are now, and sometimes it’s hard not to feel like going insane.

Whether you’re homeschooling, working from home, or in isolation, we can all find a way to maintain peace. Here are 10 tips on how to avoid going crazy during these difficult times.

How to avoid going crazy

1. Relax

Being told to relax is probably the last thing you want to hear when you’re wanting to know how to avoid going crazy. Even though you might not like hearing that, it can be helpful if you do.

Try to stop thinking about everything going on for a moment. Maybe you can do this at a time in the day when everything is quiet.

Take a few moments to focus on your breath. Allow yourself to just be still and calm. I know when I take time to just mediate like this, I can feel my body relaxing.

There are many relaxation techniques you can practice daily to calm your mind. Choose one that you’re interested in trying and do it consistently. It can help give you greater a sense of peace.

2. Be alone

For some of you, you may be stuck at home with a large family constantly around you. As much as being around people can be good for us, we all need time alone.

Find a few minutes in the day or night to just sit somewhere by yourself. Those few moments of peace may help calm your emotions.

3. Talk to people regularly

Sometimes just listening to someone else talk about their life can be a good way not to think so much about our own problems.

As social creatures, it’s important for all of us to get some level of social interaction. Even if you have to video call or talk on the phone, it’s better than nothing.

The time you spend talking to people can give you a chance to voice your concerns and receive encouragement and support from those who care about you.

4. Stop constantly reading the headlines

The news has a way of making everything seem like it’s in the world. To be frank with you, I honestly think it’s a part of their business model to stir our emotions up.

The more stressed or emotional we are about something, the more we tend to focus on it. Hence, why some cable channels tell the news in a way that’s dramatic and emotional.

Nonetheless, you don’t have to pay attention to all of that, and you shouldn’t. The world may be having its challenges, but not everything is as crazy as the television shows us.

Some things are bad right now, but the world is not ending. Our way of life has just changed and we have to adjust to it. It’s as simple as that.

Do yourself a favor, and don’t constantly get caught up in all of the drama you see on your television. At best, you only need to watch the news two times in the day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening.

Additionally, I’d recommend avoiding cable news altogether, and just sticking to your local news.

5. Work out any pent-up energy

Exercise can be a great way to release any of that negative energy you may be feeling being as your stuck inside. You can do some running on a treadmill, weightlifting, or maybe doing some dance classes on the internet.

It’s noted in a Mayo Clinic article, that exercise can help to boost our mood. You may not normally be an exercise person but give it a try anyway.

It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous. It can be as simple as just walking for a long period of time. Choose an exercise that you think you’d enjoy and try to do it often.

6. Find a distraction

There are tons of distractions on the internet that can get you out of your head for a few minutes or a few hours.

You could watch a movie online that’s funny, or you could watch one of your favorite television shows on a streaming platform.

If you don’t own any streaming platforms, there are free movies that get put up on YouTube and other outlets.

If you just leave yourself to think about everything going on in the world all the time, it’s going to be hard not to feel crazy inside.

7. Start planning

Giving yourself something to look forward to can help make you feel more sane as well. That’s what many of us were doing before things started getting out of hand.

You can still plan for things you want to start doing more, and places you want to go once everything feels safer.

It can give you a sense of optimism to think about what it’s going to be like when you’re doing that thing you enjoy again or moving to that new place you hope to be.

8. Find a creative outlet

Playing guitar and writing songs was once one of my go to outlets whenever I felt like I was feeling crazy. Other people choose to write poems or draw pictures.

A creative outlet can be a good way to express your emotions when you’re feeling stressed. You might find you’ll feel a lot less crazy as you engage in your creativity.

9. Journal your emotions

I wrote an article recently on self-care journaling. It really is another good way to let out your emotions that you’re feeling inside. Some days you might feel like writing a lot, other days maybe not at all.

On the days when you’re not able to talk to many people, pulling out your journal and writing out your thoughts and feelings can be helpful to calming your mind.

10. Play a game

I think through all of this year’s drama, we’ve forgotten to just have fun for a moment. Not everything has to be so serious all time.

One way you can have fun is to play a game. You could play a videogame, a board game, or some other kind of game.

Anything that’s fun to you, go ahead and play it sometime. Give yourself a moment to just enjoy your time.

Next time you’re thinking you’re about to completely lose your mind, try any one of these ideas to help feel a little more peace inside.

Things won’t be like the way they are forever. Until things change, just keep calm and keep moving forward.

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  1. Lewis Banner says:

    Thanks ever so much! I am genuinely going crazy at the moment, this article helped me.