Dealing with negative news coverage

Stay informed but not afraid

 

It’s been a tough few years and you may feel exhausted by everything bad that’s been happening in the world. It’s important to protect your mental health if you’re feeling overwhelmed by bad news.

It’s ok to feel overwhelmed

Don’t feel bad if you’re stressed out by the news cycle. If you need to take a time-out, do so.

Take a moment to let your mind rest. You could

Avoid doom-scrolling

Having information at your fingertips can make you feel in control and reduce your fear of the unknown. But the sheer volume of bad and frightening news stories can unnerve you.

Set up some boundaries if you find you are fixating on bad news stories and this is damaging your mental health.

  • Learn to identify which stories are fact, which are opinion and which are fake news
  • Restrict your news intake to one or two sources a day
  • Remember that the bad news you hear may not affect you – make sure the sources you use are relevant to where you live
  • Mute or delete news apps and notifications if you have a lot of these set up and they make you feel stressed

Don’t wake up to bad news

It’s not a great idea to read the news first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

Your body has more cortisol, or stress hormones, in the morning. This is why you might feel more stressed or anxious when you first wake up. Reading bad news stories then will make you feel worse.

Scrolling through news stories before bed won’t help you fall asleep. You need time to wind down and relax if you want a good night’s sleep.

Take action to reduce your anxiety

Share how you’re feeling. Writing your feelings down or saying them out load can take a load off your shoulders.

Endorphins are hormones that reduce pain, relieve stress and improve your wellbeing. Gentle exercise, relaxation and being with family or friends can boost these hormones.

Don’t hesitate to ask a professional

Always remember that there’s no need to suffer along. Speaking with your GP is a good place to start.

  • Call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and speak to a counsellor immediately if you’re feeling distressed

Inspire’s Advocacy for All can support you with mental health advice and information

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