Bad news is like an addiction. We know it’s bad for us but we can’t help but reach for it. This is tied to our human need for survival. We want to know where all the danger is so we can protect ourselves or run from it. Our ears perk up the moment we hear something has gone wrong somewhere (even if it’s on the other side of the world).
The problem is that we weren’t made to receive bad news all day every day 24/7. Our anxiety is at an all-time high and we can’t relax for any length of time before we must worry again. Meanwhile, the news stations are smiling all the way to the bank.
You have to make a conscious decision to stop being available to bad news. There is so much else going on that is worth focusing on, so many good things that we miss because we are waiting for catastrophe.
Some actions you can take today:
- Change your default TV channel to something else, be it nature, comedy, music or whatever else.
- Unsubscribe from ALL news feeds and set one alarm to listen to the 6pm news only (or whatever news is reliable) for half an hour.
- Fill your social media feeds with other things you are passionate about and that will put things into perspective for you.
Life is not all bad news even though the 24hr news cycles tell us it is. Take a moment to notice that most things are going right for you, proven by your ability to read this post.
Have a great week!