Can’t keep up with all the current affairs in the news? Is staying informed about the political and social environment taking a toll on your mental health? Is watching and/discussing news giving you headaches? According to health experts, watching the news may affect your mental health if you don’t protect yourself from the negativity. That’s why it’s important to take care of your mental health.
Everyone can use a tip or two to unwind in order to reduce the stress that makes you emotionally and mentally exhausted. Here are four Rs to recover and calm from any stress, exhaustion or feeling of blues:
- Read a feel good book
Reading is the best alternative to meditation. It is refreshing, does good things for your brain and imagination. Feel good books help you gain perspective and let you escape the world for some time. Some people call reading a “guilty pleasure” too. Well, If the shoe fits.Read some Roald Dahl, a memoir by your favorite comedian or personality –Mindy Kahling’s Why Not Me? , Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs.Funny Bonesare highly recommended, or you could simply read any Harry Potter book which is like a guaranteed mood booster.
- Restrict news intake on weekends
Why ruin your favorite days of the week by letting news make a mess of your emotional being? Limit your exposure to news on weekends to have a good stress-free two days. Political emergencies can wait for Monday mornings.Take a breather and go for a hike or do something that involves least exposure to news outlets. Believe us, you’ll thank yourself.
- Remember there’s some good in the world
Current affairs like scandals, scams, murders, and other acts of violence make you feel like majority of the news is negative which can’t be denied but you can’t simply conclude that all is evil in the world. Remember to keep in mind that often a lot of good doesn’t get reported and if reported doesn’t get enough coverage.
- Recognize the need for action around you
You can’t control everything but you have a say in the community surrounding you—political as well as social. Of you think there’s some things or certain entities in the media around you or the current affair around you that you can do something to fix. Do it. Taking one positive step today can decrease your anxiety and feel less overwhelmed tomorrow.
Current events, News, and The Media can cause anxiety and take away your sense of control. But it’s important that you stay calm, remain positive, keep a perspective and above everything else take care of yourself and your mental health to regain control.