When You Need to Take a Break From the News: How Sensitive Souls Deal With Tragedy
Finally, I realized that I was grieving. Waking up to yet another National Tragedy on Monday morning was heart-breaking. Waking up to a National Tragedy that did not have to happen was beyond heart-breaking. I had already been tearful on Sunday after reading and watching reports about Puerto Rico. I have lived on the southeastern coast of Georgia, so I know how devastating a hurricane can be. When I read the news reports I can imagine the fear and destruction. When I watch the news reports, I can feel the desperation. I wish with all my heart I could fix all the pain and problems of those hit by a trifecta of hurricanes. But I can’t. I just can’t. All I can really do is give money and pray and check in with friends who have family in the affected areas. Even though that doesn’t seem near enough in the face of such suffering. And then the tragedy in Las Vegas happened. I still can’t even really talk about it. It is too much for my brain and body to process much less form words about. When I heard the news reports on the radio that morning, I knew I was going to have to pull back. My already stressed out system was not going to be able to process the emerging details of another national tragedy. It is not that I don’t care. It is that I care so much and feel so much if I plunge head long into the details of the tragedy I will begin to shut down.
So I starting passing on reading the morning paper.
I began listening to playlists instead of the radio (Pearl Jam if you must know).
And I walked away from any television broadcasting news on the shooting.