Thanks to the internet, we are constantly exposed to horrific and heartbreaking current events every day. Overexposure to these topics can cause us to become stressed, exhausted, or depressed. As we try to navigate these troubling times, here are five ways to cope with stressful news cycles.
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5. Delete apps and turn off notifications
Obviously, it is important to stay informed about the news and current events. However, hearing your phone constantly notify you about another horrific news update can do more harm than good.
If you start to feel depressed or stressed, consider turning off your notifications or even deleting specific apps. Giving yourself a bit of a break from a constant cycle of negative news is one of the best things you can do. Once your mental health improves, you can go back to reading the news consistently.
4. Make sure you get enough rest
With so much happening in the world, we can sometimes forget to get our basic needs met, such as sleep. With this lack of sleep, you can find yourself being tired, overwhelmed, and stressed.
So, instead of scrolling on social media for more news updates, take a nap. A bit of sleep and a break will allow you to handle current events much better. You’ll have a clearer mind and be better equipped.
3. Talk to a therapist
If you think you need help managing your stress and depression, consider seeing a therapist. There is absolutely no shame in talking to a therapist.
A professional can help give you healthy coping mechanisms and give you space to talk about your feelings. Being able to express how you feel in a safe space can improve your mental health greatly. Plus, therapists can offer ways to improve your stress and depression, such as medication.
2. Set Boundaries
During times like these, it is important to set boundaries. For instance, try not to look at the news before bed. While it may be tempting, ultimately it is not good for your mental health. Endlessly scrolling on your phone for the next update will ruin your sleep schedule and leave you exhausted. Instead, turn off your phone or notifications two hours before you go to bed. This will ensure you have a good night’s rest.
Or, next time your friend brings up current events in a conversation, politely ask to change the subject. While talking to your friends can be a great way to express your feelings, it can also make you even more stressed and overwhelmed.
1. Treat yourself
A great way to cope with stressful current events is to treat yourself. Take a break from your phone for a weekend and take up a hobby. Things like meditation and yoga are great for de-stressing. You can also try to wear or gift someone a sunflower ring or a rainbow ring. This ring will remind you or someone else that you/they are loved, despite what may be going on in the world.