Stop watching commercial broadcast news channels and clicking on clickbait news articles. We all need to keep up with what’s happening, but limit your fact checking to reputable government websites and/or the world health organisation website and limit it to once per day and for no more than 30min in total. There’s a difference between being informed and being engrossed. Being informed means learning and accepting the facts, but being engrossed means you’re obsessed and channelling too much of your mental and emotional energy into this in a potentially unhealthy way.
Yes, what’s going on in the world right now is important and to an extent it is impacting your daily life, so keeping informed and understanding how it’s going to impact you so you can take steps to mitigate the negative aspects are important… but so is living your life! More than that -living it in a meaningful, positive and healthy way.
If you’re prone to stress, depression and anxiety you know that news and social media can be a sinkhole of negativity and despair – so take from it only the bare essentials of what you need to stay adequately informed and disregard the rest. Media like this is specifically designed to draw you in and keep you. Media companies don’t sell physical newspapers anymore - your attention is how they make their money now and your focus needs to be on positive things right now.
As someone who has always suffered from depression and anxiety, I’ve decided to write some tips and tricks I’m using to keep myself focused and positive during the Corona virus pandemic. I hope it’s of help to anyone who feels they need some guidance or normality at this unprecedented time. Much love to you all and your loved ones. Stay safe xo