Just scanning news headlines can be hard. And if you're glued to your phone, like many of us are, you really can't escape the barrage of the news cycle. I know I've been susceptible to doom scrolling at least a few times a week. (I do not recommend doing this right before you go to bed, FWIW.) These days, it just seems like one bad thing after another is happening. It can leave you feeling frustrated, hopeless, anxious, angry, overwhelmed… I could go on and on.
"Since the onset of social media, an unspoken expectation has crept in that we should not only care about global events but also be vocal, donate, engage, and seek justice on every single issue," explains Karin Gold, LMFT, an emotional fitness instructor at Coa. "In addition, our news is now coming with a hefty dose of existential fear and uncertainty—not knowing what's coming or how bad it'll all be. That will most certainly add to the stress and anxiety of the news cycle."
It's important to stay up to date with what's going on in the world. And it's also important to take a stand (if you feel comfortable, of course) when it comes to the causes you believe in—whatever they may be—whether it's donating to organizations, volunteering your time, writing to elected officials, spreading awareness, and/or continuing to educate yourself on the topic. But it's also equally important to take care of yourself and your mental health. The news cycle can take a toll on your mental health, and you're going to want to allow yourself some grace and moments of rest and care. So how can you take care of your mental health when it comes to the overwhelming news cycle while also being an informed citizen? I asked the experts just that.