Bad Thought: The news makes me afraid.
I've spoken before in this blog about the fear that news reports can provoke in us (July 7, 2017), and about the idea of cutting down on our exposure if news-watching is causing anxiety. While it’s important to be an informed citizen, it’s also wise to protect one’s mental health.
To add to this topic, I wanted to point you to an excellent recent article by Elizabeth Hopper in Greater Good Magazine that offers a useful tip for addressing news fatigue: A study published in the journal Psychological Research indicates that mindfulness and meditation can help us be less adversely affected by hearing about unsettling things. Researchers found that those who practiced just 10 minutes of meditation per day were better able to tolerate exposure to the news and experienced less stress in response. You can read the brief report by clicking the link below.
Another useful tip I might suggest is to read It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear, by Gregg Easterbrook and/or Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker. Both books reassure us that life is far better than the “if it bleeds, it leads” news cycle suggests.
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