How to Stay Sane in an Insane World
by Joanne Troppello
It’s difficult to stay sane in this insane world that we live in—especially when every time you turn on the TV or listen to the radio, or scroll through the newsfeed on your social media accounts—negative news and content can overwhelm you.
However, there are ways that you can stay sane in this crazy world that we live in.
Of course, I am writing this article from a Christian perspective so you may not relate to when I share about my dependence on God and His Word. I hope you keep reading and can relate to other ideas I share as well.
Tips on Staying Sane in an Insane World
1. Focus on God and His Word
As a Christian, my main source of strength and peace each day is my faith in the Lord and peace and comfort given by the Holy Spirit.
Joshua 1:8 tells us that “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”
When I focus on God, I have peace through all my personal struggles and that keeps me sane in this insane world. Isaiah 26:3 tells us that God “will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
It sounds simple, but it is not always easy to stay focused on God when trials come. However, each day is a new day and moment by moment, I can renew my trust in the Lord.
2. Get Factual Information
There is an abundance of fake news coming at us from all fronts. It’s hard to know what to trust as the right sources of information like liberal media sources. Even conservative news sources need to be fact checked.
I consider The Blaze to be a factual online publication that I rely on to provide only the facts and no fake news. I have subscribed to their online TV service Blaze TV since they started and have loved all the information they share. You can be sure that you are only getting the facts and no fake news.
I have gotten so much information from their shows like the Glenn Beck Radio Show, Levin TV, Glenn TV, Louder with Crowder, and America Bolling. I can watch on my TV through our Amazon Fire stick or you can use a Roku. I can also watch on my laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone.
There are three different Blaze TV subscription plans that you can subscribe to like their annual pass for $99, the 3 year pass for $199, or the monthly pass for $10 month-to-month with no contract.
3. Don’t Watch the News All the Time
I work from home and like having noise in the background while I write. I used to have the news on like Fox News Channel. However, that can get depressing. Instead, now I keep the local worship channel on, listen to Blaze TV, HGTV, or the Food Network.
Set limits on the amount of time you watch the news each day. Go several days without watching the news. I highly recommend that you subscribe to Blaze TV since they share the facts but also bring in a lot of humor to help make it easier for people to handle the negative news that happens.
4. Do Your Own Homework
It’s important to stay informed each day on what is going on in the world, but you need to do that in balance.
Make sure you do your own homework and don’t believe everything that you hear on the news and from all the political pundits.
One thing that I always liked about subscribing to Blaze TV is that the founder, Glenn Beck always told his subscribers to “question with boldness” and do their own homework. He told people to even research and check him on what he shared in all his programming.
That truth also resonates with me regarding my church attendance. I can’t take everything that my pastor shares at face value. I need to question what he says as well and make sure it all aligns with what is in God’s Word.
In addition to watching Fox News, I also watch One America News Network (OANN) since they report the facts and don’t rely solely on opinions from political pundits.
Consider getting your news from some of the following conservative news sites:
The Connor Post
The Gateway Pundit
The Last Refuge
The Columbia Bugle
The Christian Post
The Daily Wire
5. Add Stress Relievers to Your Daily Routine
Life is busy. We all have so many daily responsibilities. Adding stress relievers to your daily routine can be extremely beneficial to you—especially if you want to stay informed on current events and all the insanity that is going on in the world today.
Consider the following ways to relieve stress levels in your life today:
Exercise – Adding an exercise routine to your day, even if you only exercise 3-5 times a week for 25 minutes a day will benefit your health and relieve stress. Exercise releases endorphins and can help to improve your mood.
Oils – Diffuse essential oils like lavender, clove, and patchouli to help relax you. Diffuse oils like citrus fresh, orange, and lemon to boost your mood.
Hobby – Start a hobby like crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, crafts, woodworking, painting, drawing, or anything else that interests you. This can take your mind off stressors and help you focus on constructive things.
No Internet – We’re all so connected online these days, which can become very stressful. When you can (some people, like me need to be online for research work and promotion of my magazine), take an internet free day.
Connection – Spend time with family and friends and actually talk to them. When eating together, make that a phone free zone. Cherish time together.
Educate – Study the Bible. Read self-help books that improve your health and well-being as an emotionally stable adult. Learn something new each day.
Make Positive Changes Today
No matter what you do, try to focus on the positive things in your life. I am a glass half-full type of person. I always look for the silver lining in things. My husband tends to be more of a realist and glass half-empty person. We balance each other out. Sometimes I need to be more realistic and he needs to be more hopeful.
What have you done in your life to stay sane in this insane world?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.