Lots of us are currently glued to screens of various descriptions trying to get the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic, and whilst it is important to keep up to date with what is going on here and further afield, we would like to caution that news overwhelm is REAL. Very, very real 😳. As much as we have always been told that staying up to date with world affairs is part of being a good citizen, there does come a point where our mental health gets affected. Right now, lots of us at TZ are feeling that we need to ration our news intake to keep ourselves sane, with most of us limiting ourselves to checking just once or twice a day. Being informed is important but being overwhelmed is unhealthy. 😱
It is also important to remember that for any content to be ‘interesting’ it is often packaged in such a way that it makes us feel lots of emotions that get us hooked, and keep us watching. News is therefore often ‘sensationalised’ to keep us sitting there and engaging with the next update. At a time when lots of us are already frightened, we don’t need the added fear and drama 😨 brought to us through our screens 📱. By all means, check in a couple of times a day, but don’t let yourself get addicted to checking the numbers or the latest headlines.
Instead, try and find something else to do to keep your mind off the current situation for at least a few hours every day. Whether it be making use of the new 6-9am exercise slot 🚵🏾 , or reading a book 📖, or doing an online exercise class, or baking some banana bread 🍌…it doesn’t matter. Just try not to sit staring at the screen 📱waiting for an update. Create your own updates by living life as best you can in the current conditions.