2017 is shaping up to be a year that will rival 2016 for the most heartbreaking, confusing and frustrating year yet. Everyday the news is more depressing than the day before. Trump still is tweeting his nonsense, millennial’s are being blamed for another crisis, people are still having to march for equal rights. I mean there’s literally Nazi’s walking the streets for fucks sake!
If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling super overwhelmed, weary and sad every time something terrible happens in the world and you have no idea what to do. There’s even a word for it! The word Weltschmerz is German for world pain or world weariness and oh, how appropriate for this day and age.
Sometimes after reading news headline after headline about how badly down the drain the world is going, you may need some TLC.
Here are 5 things you can do that will help melt away the pain.
- Have a bath. No honestly. Go fill up that tub with the most ridiculous bubbles and bath bombs (these ones from Lush are pretty much the most amazing ones ever) and sink into the peace and quiet. Take a glass of wine or a hot cup of tea and let the soak do it’s thing.
- Read a book. Whether it’s Hairy Mclary or Anna Karenina, read something that will immerse your mind into a world that isn’t your own. Hey, in this day and age that’s not a bad thing sometimes!
- Turn off the headlines. Turn off your notifications for twitter, or ABCnews, or even tell your friend with the major in politics to stop texting you when Pauline Hanson does something stupid again (They’ll still fill you in on it later). Give yourself a good few hours where you are last person to know anything – just for a little bit.
- Look up dog and cat pictures, which ever you choose. It seems silly, but those little fluffy things just scream goodness. How can you be mad at the world when they exist??
- Have a nap. Sometimes when we’re drained and sad and exhausted, all we need is a drink of water and a good nap. The state of the world isn’t going to change because you napped for a couple of hours (Disclaimer – I can’t promise that), but you can feel a lot better for it if you do.
Do you have any suggestions for what to do when you have a little case of Weltschmerz? Leave a comment below