Avoiding excessive exposure to negative news

Does the “news” seem synonymous with “bad news” these days?

Lots of medical professionals are looking into the effects of being bombarded by the news.

Psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsy talks about how to avoid media overload by being careful about the amount of negative and/or bad news we’re exposed to.

Some of the side effects you are already familiar with, like feeling discouraged. And if you have struggled with mental health challenges, you might understand how it can contribute to feeling even lower!

There are some things you can do to help cope when things get a little too heavy, thanks to Dr. Jowsy:

– Turn it off – find a cool podcast that shifts your perspective
– Do something positive to help the world, like volunteer
– Go outside and experience nature
– Exercise – relieve some of your stress
– Find and talk about good news – spread the love!

Give a little, get a lot.

Give a little, get a lot.

In times that I’ve felt low or disempowered, I’ve often gotten stuck in negative thought spirals…

Yes, even coaches get down in the dumps! ?

Strangely, when we get into those mental ruts, we can isolate ourselves because we’re embarrassed or we just assume others won’t understand.

BUT there is a VERY simple (and active) way to reduce it!

Hello volunteering. Did you know studies have shown that volunteering can help people feel more connected to others and their community? And it can reduce symptoms of loneliness and depression?

Nevermind reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, making friendships, and experiencing a sense of purpose. What’s not to love? ?

Where could you volunteer in your community? What interests you? Or if you do already, what do you notice about your well-being because of volunteering?