This is more for me than you, but I thought I'd share. Simple reminders on how to deal with the tidal wave of bad news that surrounds us:
1) Turn off the local TV news. This just in: it adds nothings to your life. Get your weather from wunderground.com and skip hearing about the same gang shooting for three days in a row.
2) Turn off the national TV news. 90% of it is pre-packaged features, anyway.
3) Turn off the morning shows. Matt and company focus way too much on interviewing fringe lunatics and asking so-called experts to predict the future.
4) Save. I don’t care if all those mentioned above tell you the economy needs you to spend. Save. Saving reduces fear. It gives you the power to make smart, calculated decisions.
5) Manage your personal economy. It doesn't matter what the “national average” is…of anything. All the matters now is that we make sure we each get our own act together. That means simple math: spend less than you earn.
6) Focus on your family. Listen, the worse case scenario ain’t that bad if you’re surrounded by people who you love and love you.
7) Count your blessings. Every day. Really. List them. It will make you feel better.
8) Make a to-do list. Nothing’s more powerful than a (wo)man with a plan.
9) Think small. Personally, I think it is good for humans to feel small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. My favorite is a hike/drive in the mountains.
10) Smile. Just do it. Remind yourself to do it. Hey, your teeth don’t brush themselves, do they? You have to make a conscious effort. Same thing with smiling. And the more you do it, the better you feel.