I remember the time a few short years ago when I had melted down like I never had before in life. It was nearly two years after cancer had entered my life, and I was mourning the loss of a brother cancer warrior who had died, had been fearing that my own cancer had returned, and had so many worries about life and the future, and if I would even have one. The turmoil that cancer had brought into my life, along with all of the doom and gloom in the external world all formed the perfect storm, and finally got the better of me. I broke down so badly that I wasn't even functional as a human being anymore. I felt threatened from all corners, and to this day I still wonder how I even made it into work everyday.
For awhile I went cold, and disconnected from everything and everybody. Television, the news, the Internet and social media, and all but my closest friends just had to go for awhile. It's tough to fight the fires raging in your own mind when some are not helping at best, and when others are actually adding fuel to the fire!
Nobody is forcing you to stay connected to people or things that have become hurtful or toxic to your mental well-being. Make yourself your first priority. Take care of yourself first, and unplug whenever you need to, for as long as you need to. You can't be a good parent, a good spouse, or a good friend or source of support to anyone else, if the world has drained you down to 0%.
Disconnect and let yourself recharge, but let this also be a time of reckoning. Remember that we all want so many of the same things, but merely disagree on how to get there. We all have a story that brings us to where we are in life. If people can't respect that story, your story, then perhaps they're not worthy of your time and energy. However, this is a two-way street, as they too have a story that must be respected, even if you disagree. We all need to respect one another. If you can't, agree to disagree and move on.
"If you meet someone whose soul is not aligned with yours,
send them love and move along." - Dr. Wayne Dyer
We need more of that, and a whole lot less derision and hate, on all sides. Plug back in whenever you're ready. The world needs you, but don't let it take more than you can give, and don't waste your valuable time and energy on those that have not been deserving.