Too much news can be bad for your health. There are many benefits to taking a break from the news and social media. Today I hardly watched the news and ya know what? I feel the best I’ve felt in a while. Like many, I’ve been obsessed with the news, borderline addicted to it. Yup, reading the news has been pretty constant. And since we are stuck at home we have access to it all day, on multiple devices. I was watching everything I could and learning all I could about the stock market, Covid-19, government updates, etc.
Today was different. I hardly watched the news and ya know what? I feel the best I’ve felt in a while. I took a walk, saw some lovely spring flowers and the felt warmth of the sun on my sun-deprived Seattle skin. It felt wonderful. Spring is in the air and if we take a moment of mindfulness, simply being present in this moment, it’s tremendously rejuvenating. So simple yet so powerful. During these times, mindfulness and “news diets” can be a valuable survival skills. Science has proven our mental health is the largest predictor of our physical health. We must take time to recharge and renew. Being in a state of chronic stress isn’t good for anyone, it lowers the immune system and reduces creativity. What if we run out of toilet paper, gotta get creative. How do you stretch those dollars, gotta get creative. How do you keep the kids entertained, gotta get creative.
Being able to adapt to change takes energy, and we are in a HUGE state of change. Keep yourself strong, conserve your energy, take time out to rest your mind and reduce that pesky stress! We are at the early stages of this virus outbreak and several other places around the world are too. We have at least 2-3 months to go if not longer before things improve. It’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint, so prepare and train accordingly. Followin are three emotional intelligence tips to reduce stress from a constant, even addictive, connection to the news or social media.
3 Effective and Easy Tips To Combat News (S0cial Media) Overload:
- Put all your devices far away for a specific period time. Remove your cell phone from the bedside table at night. Leave it in another room. During the day, set a timer for 1-3 hours, this is your no news time. Refrain from watching or reading the news and distract yourself with something else that feels good or is positive like a podcast, thrilling novel, funny movie or a walk in the fresh air.
- Remind yourself the news will always be there in a few hours. It’s not going anywhere. It’s the one constant we have right now. Fear of missing out (FOMO) can have you feel like you need to watch the news obsessively, all the time. But remind yourself, you can take a break and you will be ok.
- It’s SUPER important that you focus on what you CAN do. The news has a lot of information about things that are not in our control and many people are feeling very out of control now. It’s essential for your well being and reinforce that you can handle anything, any crisis large or small, and to identify what is in your control. Do this and you will feel much more capable, rather than helpless during these times. You can keep your house clean, you can cook a good meal, you can play games with the kids, you can call loved ones and check in on them. List 5-10 things you CAN do and you’ll be surprised how much better you feel.
Take daily breaks from the news and social media to keep your mental and physical health strong!