It’s not just you feeling drained, and unable to concentrate.
“If you know what’s coming, your brain can prepare you to deal with it. If you don’t know but there’s a possibility of harm, your brain gets vigilant, and overactive trying to guess the most likely outcome and execute a coping strategy. Because the best strategy is not clear, this can lead your brain to keep going over and over the information trying to find an answer. This creates a state of chronic stress and worry.”
Dr. Greenberg, however, does have some ways to cope, and you should go read them all, because I do believe that in the midst of everything that is going on, we need to stay connected to the relationships that offer mutual support and hope for the future. That’s how we get past the fear and anxiety, by knowing that we are not alone and we are stronger together.
If you are struggling with that idea, please take some time to read this, and think about who you can reach out to, even if it’s just on social media or through a text right now. That is time better spent than doom-scrolling your news feeds.