Every time I see a new story break on Twitter, I want to reply to it using this gif.
A while ago I wrote a post about how to keep up with the news. But now I bring you a counter point, take a break from the news if it is getting too much.
There has been a lot of news happening lately that make you lose faith in humanity a little, terror attacks continue throughout the world, Donald Trump is still president, fear mongering is rife and everything kinda sucks. The other day I was listening to the latest Podcasts from Pod Save America and the New York Times, both focused mainly on the health care debate in the USA and I found the listen truly depressing. That people would want take away fundamental rights of their own citizens is horrifying.
Take a break from the news, its okay, people should not judge you for wanting to do so.
How can you do that though? Especially if you are like me and the first thing you do each morning is check Twitter for the latest news.
Think before you click.
I took that heading straight out of an article in Psychology Today, because I couldn’t have said it better, the article says that “exposing ourselves to too much, too often runs the risk of making us become numb or overwhelmed.” I have done this in the past, I’ve seen a headline online that while it is near to my interests and is an important story itself, I wouldn’t read it because I knew it would overwhelm me and contribute to me feeling anxious. Instead the article talks about taking time to read up on the general issue and taking action or making a contribution financial towards the cause.
Just take a break get rid of all technology for a week and see what happens. The last time I remember doing this completely was when I was traveling around Sri Lanka in December 2010. I recently deactivated my Facebook for a week which was great, I don’t feel the need to constantly go on it anymore.
Reach out to your family and friends.
If the world is getting you down talk to someone. Surround yourself with all your favourite people and all your favourite things and forget about the rest of the world for a while Don’t feel guilty that you aren’t paying enough attention to world events.
Remember there is still a lot of good things happening in the world.
I think about this quote a lot.
‘Humanity is good. Some people are terrible and broken, but humanity is good. I believe that‘ – Hank Green.
BBC Newsround published an excellent story following the Manchester Attacks in May Advice if you’re upset by the news
While this was directed mainly at younger people who may be upset, I think it gave advice that is applicable to anyone regardless of their age.
To conclude let me quote another Green brother, this time John:
“Bad news happens all at once. Good news happens slowly.” – John Green
He was referring to this story First Ebola Vaccine Likely to Stop The Next Outbreak when Ebola first broke out it was all over the news and then we stopped hearing about it, it became that 60 second soundbite that you would hear during the world news section of your evening bulletin. Although the news stopped talking about it, people were still working away to create a vaccine.
Good news is still happening all around, never forget that.