How to cope with the news to lower your anxiety levels

How to cope with the news to lower your anxiety levels

2020 has been a dramatic year for each and every one of us. And the news has constantly shown us nothing but chaos, drama, health problems, and an unknown global pandemic. Here's how to cope with the natural stress that comes from living in this world.  

Sometimes, turning off the TV is just not an option. News is usually bad, but looking away seems just impossible. Wading through headlines you end up feeling overwhelmed, powerless, and a bit depressed. Thankfully, there are ways of fighting news anxiety.

Set firm time limits — and use an actual timer

Do you know how we set time limits for our kids around screen time? Well, we may consider implementing similar policies in our own lives regarding the news.

Do you know how we set time limits for our kids around screen time? Well, we may consider implementing similar policies in our own lives regarding the news. Weena Cullins, a marriage and family therapist recommends setting your alarm. “It might sound strange, but without [a timer] you may find yourself plummeting down a rabbit hole of never-ending information. Set an alarm on their nearest device prior to surfing sites that have news stories. Some people realize that they have a tipping point — when too much news digestion impacts their sleep, their work productivity, or their interactions with their significant other and loved ones. Toy around with different time limits to find your sweet spot. Whether it’s five minutes or an hour a day.”

Don't consume the news as soon as it breaks

Wait for a little while. Breaking news has a huge part of misinformation. Naturally, when something is developing, "it takes a while to get all of the facts straight, and that's it best to wait for a little bit to check out the news,” says Dr. Jana Scrivani, a clinical psychologist. “Reading or watching reports on half-truths and speculation will only serve to increase anxiety and stress levels.”

Look for good news

Make sure you lighten up the load by also consuming good news.

Even if it takes an effort, try to find good news somewhere. Although it has been difficult to find such a thing during 2020, make sure you lighten up the load by also consuming good news. “Without a doubt, there are frightening things going on in the world; however, it's important to remember that bad news does not make up the sum total of a day's events,” says Dr. Scrivani, who recommends Good News Network for a quick boost of positive stories.

No news before bed

Don't (please, don't) get a quick update on the news before bed. You'll probably end up having sleep anxiety (and, most of the time, news can wait until the morning). “I recommend never checking the news before bed,” says Dr. Traci W. Lowenthal, a psychologist, and gender therapist. “The truth is, you'll still get information through friends and social media but in shorter, manageable bursts. If something significant happens in the world, you will still hear [about] it."

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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