In all parts of the world there seems to be something crazy going on everyday. Now add that to your own life's petty little problems. It gets overwhelming sometimes. I get so emotionally invested in so many things it's ridiculous. And when I'm emotional, I know I tend to do or say things I would usually refrain from under normal circumstances.
Sometimes I don't really give a shit and I'll just give in to the emotions because I am only a human being. A good cry is sometimes all I need. But most of the time I would like to be a little bit more in control of my emotions. I find that staying calm is key and a podcast I discovered not too long ago has been sooo helpful in soothing my emotions. It is On Being with Krista Tippett. One main reason why I love it so much is because she has the most calming, soothing voice imaginable. No kidding. She makes me feel like if you stay focused and calm everything is going to be okay. But that's just one factor - it's not just her voice of course. Most of all, she has such a wonderful and thoughtful content. Conversations with thinkers, philosophers, scientists, you name it, that make you really think about the complexity of life. My favorite episode is by far the one with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant - Resilience After Unimaginable Loss. You may know her as the COO of Facebook. A while back she lost her husband so suddenly and without any warning. Hearing her story just makes you realize how resilient human beings can be. I cannot do it justice by talking about it myself so I highly highly suggest you check it our for yourself!
Currently I'm also thoroughly enjoying the book How to be a Stoic. The premise of this book is, as you can probably tell, how to live more within the philosophy of Stoicism. I'm not done with the book yet so there's not much I can write about it, but one thing I'm sure of is that it teaches you to see things from a different perspective and to not be so wrapped up in your own little bubble. At times like this it's so important to keep this mentality to help us empathize with people that may not necessarily share the same background as us. Because maybe a bit of compassion is all we need.
I do hope that this is helpful for some of you and any book/podcast/whatever recommendations are welcome! Until next time!