The one thing these days that seems to be certain is that nothing is certain! No matter how different our situations, all of us feel some common emotions. We all want to keep our families safe, stay informed about what is going on, and plan for an uncertain future. How can we do that without becoming overwhelmed at such an unpredictable time?
While I don’t pretend to have all the answers, here are some ideas I’ve gathered over the last week to help deal with the media overload while keeping up to date on needed information.
Limit your news exposure
This can be hard. Coverage is everywhere. When something is in front of us all the time, it becomes very easy to obsess over it – our minds run over and over the same thing. In addition, much of what we hear is not new. Think about the coverage you’ve seen. How much of it has been repetitive and how much new information? So, pick a source and time to check in with the news media. Once a day is best.
Be selective about what you take in.
We’ve all heard the joke “it must be true, I saw it on the Internet!” There are a lot of rumors and misinformation floating around right now. Trying to sort through it all is stressful, to say the least. Limit yourself to reliable news sources and, most importantly, health authorities so you will know you are getting the facts. Your local television news station, newspaper, and their web pages are good places to start. The CDC and your state’s health department will provide objective updates as well.
Look for good news
It is out there. Pictures of cute puppies and fluffy cats can bring a smile anytime. But there are also more substantial things going on as well. From Italians serenading each other on their balconies to sports figures paying others’ salaries, troubling times are bringing out the good in humanity. Two places to look are MSN’s Good News Page https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news and KLOVE https://ww2.klove.com/news/good-news. As we’ve been hearing lately, we’re all in this together.