I’ll be the first to admit this: I sometimes struggle to watch the news. It’s a challenging dichotomy, wanting to keep up to date on current events but knowing that this may contribute to and exacerbate uncomfortable feelings. News reports and the media are constant and seem like they are everywhere (i.e. apps, TV, social media); it can feel like you cannot get away from it all. What do you do in these moments where you feel this?
The following article outlines some really helpful tips to ensure that you are caring for yourself if you find that news and media exposure can pose as a challenge for you:
-Build in relaxation into your day to help cope with any negative feelings brought on by media/news consumption (aka scheduled self care!)
-Put a limit on how much media/news you consume (i.e. checking the news 1-2x a day)
-If you are feeling strongly about something you see, take a solution-based perspective and find a local cause that you would like to contribute to and/or be apart of
Being mindful about your experience and relationship with news and the media can help you formulate boundaries for consumption, helping to preserve and protect your mental health. The key here is commitment to consistently sticking to those boundaries!
The expression, “If it bleeds, it leads,” has been used to characterize media coverage of lurid stories since the early days of newspapers, and today’s around-the-clock news cycle has made avoiding negative news nearly impossible.