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How to Deal with Anxiety about Watching the News

The war in Ukraine continues and many people are suffering from anxiety due to this conflict. Social networks and news are a fundamental part of this

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The war in Ukraine continues and many people are suffering from anxiety due to this conflict. Social networks and news are a fundamental part of this, since news channels often report on negative events that occur within the Ukrainian territory.

In this sense, we want to help you face the anxiety generated by reading or watching current news. In this way, you will be able to maintain your mental health and make better decisions if you find yourself in a danger zone like Ukraine.

Choose when you are going to read news

The media try to ensure that you are always reading some news during the day. Although it is good to be informed about everything that happens, negative news can overwhelm you.

It is for this reason that you should have a schedule to watch the news, whether it is in the morning, before work, during lunch, etc. You can read news two or three times a day, but no more than this.

Think realistically

When we read news about war, the primitive part of our brain that wants to defend us from danger is activated. It is for this reason that we feel anxiety, we believe that we are in danger and stress-related hormones are released.

So, to avoid this reaction, you need to analyze every piece of news you read and ask yourself: Am I really in danger? How this can affect me? What actions can I take to help affected people? This will help you relax your mind.

Do some physical activity

Doing some kind of exercise, no matter how simple, will help reduce anxiety levels and will distract you from the bad news. It is not necessary to have a rigorous training, just 30 minutes of physical activity is enough for you to relax. On the other hand, you can also try breathing exercises or meditation.

We know that being informed is vitally important if you are in a war zone. However, you should not let negative emotions take over your mind. If you do this, you won't be able to think clearly and it will be more difficult to make good decisions.

Erick Da Silva

Published a month ago