Although the attacks of 9/11 were over a decade ago, I learned my lesson on how to handle tragedy and terror that day. At the time, I couldn't stop watching the news and taking in all over the horror stories of that day and the aftermath. But I was 22, away at college and in a different place in my life.
Now, with these sad and horrific acts coming far too often, I shut them out of my life. It doesn't mean I don't feel sad for the people involved. I was a crying mess after the news of Newtown broke in December. But to immerse yourself in the repetitive stories that go nowhere isn't helpful for your mental state.
As of now, there is no new news coming out of Boston. A lot of speculation and guessing. Scary tales from the people who were there and even some amazing stories of heroism. If there is breaking news, you will find out about it but until that happens...
Turn off the tv.
Stop clicking on those links.
Go outside. Take a walk.
Live your life. Nothing good comes from giving into the 24 hour new cycle.
Your mental health is more important than anything right now and when you find yourself overwhelmed with sadness due to these and other events happening in the world, walk away.
Find happiness. It is out there.