Do you feel anxious after watching the news? You’re not alone! In fact, even if you don’t feel anxious after watching the news, it still could be affecting your mood and thought content in ways that you don’t even realize. This article points out that sensationalized “negative news” stories can make us worry more about not just world affairs, but even our own personal lives. This is because the news often sensationalizes by catastrophizing – leading us to adopt a similar way of thinking that creeps into our personal thoughts. The point of this post is not to discourage you from reading the news; in fact, many people consider being informed on local and global issues to be extremely important. Rather, you should diligently protect yourself from allowing the news to manipulate your thoughts. Just as your therapist likely encourages you to challenge your own negative thoughts, you should be challenging the news as well. For example, if a news story has the word “could” in its title, chances are that the writer is inflating the likelihood of an unlikely event to stir up emotions and, you guessed it, promote readership. Watch out for the ways that the news manipulates your feelings and arm yourself with a critical mindset. Additionally, there are plenty of “positive news” outlets that are dedicated to covering uplifting and inspiring stories that don’t always get a lot of attention in the mainstream media. Do a google search or find an app for positive news and bring some light into your day!