The Negative News Cycle & Our Mental Health

It seems that the news these days is full of negativity. Whether it’s a world event on social media or a local accident on the nightly news or an act of violence interrupting your viewing, the negativity in the airways far outweighs anything positive. What you might not be aware of is the effect those negative news broadcasts can have on your mental health. If you have been feeling a little off or things within the family have gotten chaotic and you don’t know why, child and family counseling can help you make sense of it all.

News Fatigue ~ What is it?

When we are bombarded by negative news, it is inevitably going to take its toll emotionally and leave you feeling drained. Thanks to technological advances, access to anything outside our homes is just a click away. Secondary to the ease of accessibility, news fatigue can result from spending too much time on social media. This could lead to viewing society with a doomsdayer mentality and feeling depressed or anxious about the world in general.

Tips on How to Avoid News Fatigue

Staying connected and knowing what’s going on in the world around you is important. However, it is more important to protect your mental health and create healthy boundaries while staying in the know. Here are some helpful hints on how you can stay informed while maintaining a healthy mental balance.

  • Limit time on social media apps where content is prevalent
  • Take a hiatus from social media all together
  • Be intentional in seeking out “good news” stories

Depression and Anxiety Counseling with Garrett Counseling

If you or your children are suffering from depression or anxiety, consider child and family counseling as sometimes healing as a family is best. When world events lead to stress and anxiety, Garrett Counseling is the place to be. Our trained professionals have experience with child and family counseling and can help with depression and anxiety you are suffering from. You can reach us online by clicking here or calling (256) 239-5662. Don’t delay. Starting finding peace in your world today!

 

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