If you pay attention to the news, you are probably aware of all that’s going on with abortion and women’s rights, the Supreme Court in general, COVID-19 updates per state and country, lack of water and food in some communities, unemployment levels, homelessness increasing, mass shootings in elementary schools, grocery stores, and churches, and a whole slew of bad things.
Following the daily news circuit is nothing less than overwhelming and sometimes absolutely crippling and suffocating if you don’t know how to help or make it stop. And sure there are resources (therapists, meditation, exercise, vacationing, hanging out with friends) that could help you cope, article after article suggesting what you can do to have mental peace, organizations that you can donate time and money to in efforts to help, and lists of things to do outside of that.
But what if the easiest and quickest route to healing and not feeling overwhelmed is to ignore the news? Is this at all safe? If you do that, are you still being an active citizen in your society? And does ignoring act as a solution or a bandage?
Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer to this, as it is completely up to the individual to decide for their own lives. In my opinion, it is really hard to ignore the news if you are on social media. You can do your best to block it out by not reading any newspapers or news outlets, but with any Google search of a fashion item or a place to go outside of the city, you will see the bleak news show face.
Log onto Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, or Twitter, and you will see mentions as well. I suppose you could use social media to get the cliff notes of what is going on instead of diving into the full story. But what I’m saying is breaking news is sort of everywhere and hard to escape.
Yes, you should absolutely set up boundaries, like unfollowing or muting certain accounts or stories so you don’t consume more than you can hold. But muting yourself entirely from the news circuit seems slightly impossible. The alternative is to know how much you can take in a given day, because that can change, and not exceeding that, even if that means putting your phone down for a period of time.
And of course, if you are finding it difficult, and you’d like to help, there are many organizations listed on our site that you can look into.