I think pretty much everyone can relate to this topic these days: How do you stay calm when the news stresses you out?
How do you stay joyful, energized, focused and present in the moment when there is a crazy headline every hour?
Many of us feel very anxious and scared about what’s going on with world events. Regardless of your politics, you’re likely affected by the uncertainty and chaos we’re all experiencing.
How to stay informed without stressing out
I’ve found ways to stay informed without getting sucked into the 24/7 news cycle, and I want to share them with you. Keep reading for my top 3 tips on how to stay calm when the news stresses you out!
1. Become conscious of where you get your news
The first thing is that I’m very choosy about which media outlets I check regularly. I want to stay conscious of what’s going on in the world, but I don’t want to feel bombarded with headlines every moment of the day.
One way I do this is by skipping the traditional cable news networks and watching more satirical and humorous news shows. I’m a big fan of Trevor Noah and I love watching The Daily Show for quick updates.
As a result of being able to take in my media in that more relaxed way, I feel more connected and entertained while staying updated. If you’re into podcasts, you can also check out news podcasts with a more conversational tone, like NPR Politics.
Now, many of these issues are by no means entertaining. But we need to find out important news no matter what, so I like to learn about them from a calmer messenger who doesn’t rile me up. We are powerless over many of these issues, but we can control is how we hear the news about them and how we react to it.
Let me say that again. Lots of scary, stressful and tragic things happen in the world every day. As individuals, we are largely powerless over them. But we do have a choice about how we learn about them and what we do with that information. Do you want the news to freak you out and drain you, or do you want it to inspire you to show up fully each day?
2. Become conscious of how much media you take in throughout the day
It can be very overwhelming to you energetically and spiritually if you’re getting hit with news all the time. Maybe you want to disable news alerts on your phone and instead check the news once or twice a day. Carve out some time each day to take in news stories when you know you have the time and mental energy for it. Make yourself a cup of tea and get comfortable so you can stay calm.
This might mean you have to take a little social media break! Maybe Facebook is just hitting you over the head with information or Twitter is driving you crazy.
How you do it is up to you. My goal is to help you become more conscious of how the news of the world is affecting you energetically. I’m not telling you to be apathetic or ignore the news. I would never recommend that — I believe it’s very important to stay informed and engaged. But it’s also very important to take care of your energy.
Do your part to stay informed, but be careful not to do it in a way that’s draining you and making you feel like you’re the victim of the world you see. That only keeps you from connecting with your sense of power!
3. Know when to disengage
You can’t go to dinner these days without talking about politics and the issues of the world. But there are probably times when you just want to have brunch with your friends without discussing the dramas of the world.
You can make a commitment with your friends or family members before a get-together that you’re not going to go there and talk politics that day. Instead, you can put your energy into connecting and having fun and relaxing for a few hours. You’ll be able to return to those stories the next day, and you can do it in a more conscious and mindful way.
I’ve found that this has helped me greatly as I navigate the times we’re living in. I’ve been able to stay informed while also protecting my energy so I can show up fully every day.
Remember, your energy is sacred. Protect it.
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