Last year was a very tough year for everyone and 2021 isn't off to a much better start, especially when it comes to the news. Since the news is full of negative stories, it is no surprise that watching the news can trigger anxiety.
Known as headline stress disorder, with the news being around you 24/7, it can be hard to get away from it. But there are things you can do to battle the anxiety brought on by current events in the news.
1. Set a Time Limit
If you are unable to completely tune out the news, which we know is hard, then at least set a time limit on how long you should be watching or reading the news.
Maybe start by only reading the news for 30 minutes each day. Find a balance that is right for your mental health.
2. Look for the Good News
It is hard to believe, but yes, there is good news out there! This is another way of finding the right balance. With so much bad news circulating, take the time to actually find and READ or WATCH the good news. This will give you peace of mind that everything in the world is not terrible and will give you the hope you need.
3. Avoid the News Before Bedtime
Even though the news is on late at night, it is best to avoid watching or reading the news before going to sleep. Especially bad news. You never want to go to bed with all of that negative news in your head, which could potentially lead to poor sleep.
4. Wake Up Positive
Just like avoiding bad news before bed, you should also avoid it when you first wake up. Don't start off the day by listening to all of the negative news. Instead, try meditation or reading uplifting and positive news.
Learn to Deal with Anxiety with the Help of Counseling
If you are suffering from anxiety and having a hard time managing it, you should consider attending anxiety therapy in Tempe. Trained therapists can help you deal with anxiety and find ways to cope.