Nowadays we have the news at our fingertips 24/7. We are constantly bombarded with stories about the pandemic, political unrest, the rising cost of living, gun violence, and climate change.
As humans, we are built to keep ourselves safe by being alert of our surroundings. When we hear about something that could cause harm to us or our loved ones, this alertness kicks in to keep us safe from these threats. We tend to keep this alertness and scan our environments for other possible threats.
Here are some ways to combat feeling the effects of this news anxiety cycle:
Finally, reach out for help if you’re overwhelmed. It is normal to feel discouraged or upset by sensational news coverage, but if you’re finding that these emotions are taking over your life, reach out to a mental health professional to support you in finding healthy ways to cope.
Registered Provisional Psychologist