Top tips on coping with news anxiety
Over the past few months, we’ve been bombarded with news about the coronavirus. Constantly hearing about the numbers of people ill and dying, or keeping track of every new development in the politics of the lockdown, can have a negative impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
We know this can be particularly problematic for those of us whose jobs bring us into contact with others frequently, such as those working in emergency services. You might not be able to remain socially distanced from others when working, or you might be seeing the effects of the virus first-hand. Additionally, you might see your own workplace being highlighted, such as in the case of teachers as arguments continue to rage regarding whether schools should remain open, or NHS staff delivering vaccines. Both of these circumstances, when combined with the ongoing news barrage, can leave you feeling stressed and anxious.
This article from Medical News Today offers advice on coping when the bad news is affecting your mood or wellbeing. It offers advice on finding positive news stories, understanding what is within your power to change, and how to take a responsible break from the media. It is ideal for anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the news recently, regardless of their job position or industry.