The ever-changing news cycle, the barrage of stories flowing through our phones, computers and TV screens can leave us feeling helpless and powerless in the face of seemingly endless tragedy, fear and confusion.
Unfortunately, avoiding the news altogether isn’t a solution. It’s important to be informed about what’s going on in the world so we can make smart decisions and take action when necessary. That said, it’s important to remember that the world is not actually falling apart. There have always been tragedies and wars. The difference is that in this day and age, we are more connected than ever before, and the 24-hour news cycle can make it seem like the world is a far more dangerous place than it actually is.
Fortunately, there are some simple strategies you can use to manage your anxiety related to a bad news cycle.
How to control the anxiety you feel because of the news
When you’re feeling anxious or scared about the current state of the world, it’s important to find ways to cope. Here are a few tips:
Limit your news intake: Try to limit your consumption of news and related information to once or twice a day, and keep the time frame limited (no more than an hour) so you can stay informed without becoming overwhelmed.
Take breaks: Make sure to take regular breaks while consuming news, such as going outside and engaging in activities that provide a distraction from the news or even just taking a few deep breaths and focusing on your breathing pattern.
Check in with yourself: Monitor your own emotional state and mood throughout the time spent reading or watching the news, and if you find yourself feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it’s time to take a break.
Focus on good news stories: While it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the world, try not to get too caught up in negative stories by actively seeking out positive news stories as well. This helps provide balance and remind us that there is still good happening in the world.
Seek out professional help: If you find yourself struggling with anxiety over the news despite these tips, it might be worth seeking out counseling services or talking to a mental health professional about ways they can support you in managing your anxiety.
It’s not unusual to feel anxious because of the news, but it can become overwhelming if we don’t take steps to manage it.
By taking regular breaks while consuming news, limiting our intake and actively seeking out positive stories, we can find a balance between staying informed and maintaining our own mental well-being.
It is therefore clear that by taking care of ourselves, we can stay informed without allowing anxiety to take over.