There is no doubt about it. We are living in very interesting socio, economic, political times. With that comes a lot of pressure to not only have an opinion but the need to be up to date with the world news. You can end up feeling overwhelmed and anxious. While it is important to stay on top of what is going on in the world. It is also equally vital to look after yourself. In 2017 I started feeling very overwhelmed with what was going on in the world and I realised I needed to be more mindful about the way I keep up with the world. I know I am not the only one so I thought I would share with you some of the ways in which I do this.
By this I mean choose the channels you get your news from and know your limits. For example, I love listening to podcasts from news outlets like The Guardian and The Economist and the Brexit cast podcast has been a godsend. I also have never watched Donald Trump speak it because it gets me incredibly worked up. I know it is important to know what he talking about so instead, I will read articles about his speeches or shenanigans but I cannot watch the man talk and that is ok. Get the news in the medium in the best way for you.
When an event happens, it can be very tempting to keep checking your twitter feeds but if you find it is consuming you and stopping you in your tracks set yourself small stints of 10-15 minutes every few hours to check your feed. This will stop you from endlessly scrolling and checking your phone every 10 minutes to check up on the latest updates.
Express your thoughts
You’ve read the news, you’ve soaked it up and it is left you with a lot of feelings. What do you do? Allow yourself to feel those emotions and express them. Cry if you need too, talk to a friend, write in a diary. Do what you need too so you can take those feelings you are experiencing and make sense out of them.
I know the news can be a little bit overwhelming at the moment but I hope the above shows you ways to make it work for you and remind you of the importance of staying engaged AND looking after yourself.
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