Setting Boundaries When News is Heavy
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News is all around us thanks to our digital age. While staying informed is important, it can also lead to feelings of anxiety, fear or uncertainty when we see bad things happening. If the young people you know are feeling this way, help them set some boundaries when it comes to consuming information. Here are some practical tips to get started:
- Check your emotions before using your phone – if you’re feeling uneasy, it might be wise to delay using your phone.
- Choose reliable news sources – ensure that your chosen source is trustworthy and provides accurate information.
- Set time limits – whether you’re reading the news or scrolling through social media, be mindful of the time to avoid emotional exhaustion.
- Connect with family and friends – keep in touch with your loved ones. Check on their well-being and share your feelings if you’re comfortable.
For more advice around setting boundaries, check out POPSUGAR's article, How to Protect Your Mental Health When the News Cycle is Heavy.