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“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” - Aristotle

THE MEDIA TODAY:

Is Too Much Bad News Affecting You?

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Most people wake up and turn on the TV, computer or social media.  Almost immediately, they’re bombarded by news of current events, or notifications of the latest violence or natural disasters.  It seems more and more bad news is being reported lately, one may start to think “Is there any good left in the world?” 

It’s good to stay informed about what’s happening around us.  Some news is needed to schedule your day accordingly, like the weather report and traffic report; also special announcements and available resources. Unfortunately, the news also includes reports of violence, political issues and injustice.  Most people can watch the news and feel empathy or sadness, but are able to turn it off and move on.  Others may get so caught up in the negative, they begin to worry about their safety and that of their loved ones. Feelings of uncertainty, pessimism, anxiety and stress can set in, affecting a person’s mental and physical health.

We can’t control what others do, you can only control your own actions.  If you’re the type of person that gets anxious or stressed hearing too much bad news, you need to learn how to turn it off, step away and disengage.  It’s easier said than done, but with practice, you can learn to tune out the bad.

**WHAT TO DO WHEN CURRENT EVENTS CAUSE ANXIETY

These tips can help you put current events into perspective and decrease anxiety:

  • Narrow your focus.  While it’s good to know about global events, focusing too much on distant occurrences can lead to overgeneralization. To avoid thinking that all problems are happening to you right now, reign in your perspective. Giving your own world your full attention will prevent you from overgeneralizing and living with anxiety and fear.
  • Limit news exposure. When we have near-constant exposure to news reports, we become overloaded. What we pay attention to is where our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors go. Watch or read the news just enough so you feel that you know what’s going on, and then stop. Go do something else to shift your perspective away from current events and into your life.
  • Remember what’s reported. The vast majority of news is negative. We hear about scandals and acts of violence. News focuses on the current events that make the world seem completely rotten. Keep in perspective the fact that there’s a whole lot of good that simply isn’t reported.
  • Take action around you. There’s much that we can’t control. There’s also much that we can. What current events are making you the most anxious? Can you get involved I your own community or neighborhood to take positive action for change?

 (**​source – for full article by Tanya J. Peterson, go to ​​​​​www.healthyplace.com)

 

Current events can absolutely cause anxiety. They take away our sense of control, but by shifting our perspective, we can regain control and decrease anxiety.  EAS can help you lessen your stress and anxiety. If you’re having difficulty with life’s stressors and need support, call EAS at 1(888)829-8999.  We are here to help.  Two locations to serve you:

•  RIVERSIDE: 3600 LIME ST., BLDG. 3, STE. 314, RIVERSIDE, CA 92501

•  DESERT AREA: 68-625 PEREZ RD., STE. 10-A, CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234 (moving to Bermuda Dunes in the Summer of 2017)

 

Download the free mobile app EAS RivCo today to gain access to relaxation and stress management tools. It’s available on Google and the App Store; to log-in, you will need the company ID (please call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 or email us at eas@rivco.org for ID code). 

 

 

Additional Resources

Media Coverage of Traumatic Events: Research on Effects

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/trauma/basics/media-coverage-traumatic-events.asp

 

The Psychological Effects of TV News

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-worry/201206/the-psychological-effects-tv-news

 

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/helping-children-cope-with-traumatic-stress.htm