Self-Care Tips for Times When the News Is Overwhelming

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Do you find yourself doomscrolling through news stories online or unable to turn off the TV news? Taking in too much news -- especially lately -- can take a negative toll on your mental health and wellbeing.

While it is important to stay informed about what is going on in the world, The Doctors encourage everyone to practice some self-care with their news intake and we love these tips from Bustle who spoke to experts about how to cope with the avalanche of recent traumatic news stories.

Balance is important - Experts stress to give yourself a news allotment and to not consume the news all day and night. They also suggest not reading the news before you go to bed, setting a timer to know when to stop reading or viewing, and if a story is violent or graphic to read about it, instead of watching the footage. 

Are your needs coming first? - If things like eating, drinking water, showering, social interactions are being put off so you can consume news, this is concerning and should not happen. The experts stress that someone's basic needs should always come before the latest trending event.

Give yourself a clean break - It's nearly impossible to engage with every detail and process every news story. It is important to give yourself the freedom to turn off the news completely and disengage for an extended period of time. Also, consider reading a daily recap of events or listening to a news podcast at the end of the day to feel caught up and informed.

Is too much news causing you anxiety? - If watching or reading the news is leading you to feel anxious or uneasy, anxiety therapist Eileen Purdy tells Bustle that breathing exercises can help. She suggests to "breathe in for the count of four, then hold for four, and breathe out for eight" when current events are causing you to feel on edge.

Switch to only good news now and then - If your newsfeed feels too negative, try seeking out websites and outlets that focus on only good news. You can start with all of the amazing pet stories seen on The Doctors!

Get involved - If there is a topic or issue in the news you feel affected by and you want to change, consider taking action to help. Volunteering locally or working with a national organization (many of which can be done remotely) can make a big impact. Mental health counselor Brennan C. Mallonee suggests, "Whenever you feel overwhelmed at the news, think of one or two concrete things you can do to make the world a better place... The news tends to make us feel helpless, but taking even the smallest action to build a better world can counteract that and help us feel more hopeful and motivated to play our part in changing things."

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