There certainly is a whole lot of troubling and heart wrenching news in the world today and this current atmosphere can give our minds endless fuel to race, worry, and catastrophize. While many stories of adversity in the media spotlight are real, the stories in our minds that the world is going to hell in a hand basket may not be.
Our brains are designed to project into the future in an attempt to predict worst-case scenarios as this was crucial for the survival of our ancestors. However, in modern times it doesn’t do us any good to continue in a state of auto-pilot with a hyper-aroused nervous system, spreading worry and negativity throughout our social circles.
Spreading catastrophic stories through our social networks creates a contagion of emotional suffering.