Has anyone else noticed just how stupid and boring the news has become?
I have decided a year and a half ago to back away from the news….it has become pedantic and boring….
Looks I I made a good decision…..
A constant influx of bad news — pandemic, shootings, inflation, natural disasters, political turmoil — can feel, at best, soul-crushing. Now, a new study from Spain confirms the negative toll constantly being plugged into the news cycle can take.
The researchers looked at how people were best able to manage feelings of anxiety and depression at the height of the pandemic, finding that one of the most effective methods was to take breaks from the barrage of bad news.
“The best predictor for having lower anxiety and depressive symptoms,” said lead study author Dr. Joaquim Radua, a psychiatrist in Barcelona, was to “avoid watching too much news.” Radua is also affiliated with King’s College London and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
The research will be presented this weekend at a meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Vienna. It has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Radua cautioned that because the research was conducted in 2020 and 2021, it was unclear how the results would apply as coronavirus cases continue to decline.
Others note that there’s only so much negative news coverage a person can take before it affects their mental health.
“There’s an endless availability of information,” said Lindsey McKernan, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville who was not involved with the new study. “Without putting the brakes on it yourself, you can just keep going and keep reading and become more stressed.”
Radua’s research looked at 942 adults in Spain who filled out an online questionnaire every two weeks for a year during the pandemic. The participants reported whether they were feeling despondent, and if so, how they were coping with such feelings. The analysis factored in whether participants had been previously diagnosed with anxiety or depression.
The study found that those who avoided “too much stressful news” had fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
For peace of mind is important to you then avoid too muck of what tries to pass for news.
Have a great Sunday and be safe….
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6 thoughts on “Would A Break Help?”
My wife gets upset watching the news, because she fears for the future of her children and grandchildren.
I just get angry.
Best wishes, Pete.
I just shake my head and think we are getting what we deserve…news is just BS and I fear as well chuq
I don’t think people deserve only bad news.
Here we have also, with a high stressed spoken voice bad news.
But if I watch US news,parts of it, they’re even worse. They have a high pitched panic voice, report what happened in the sensationalistic worst fashion.
They even make from no news, bad news.
My partner and I do watch very little news because it has a negative effect on our emotional welbeing. We both have an axietydisorder, we have learned to deal with that.
But with this overload of fear, I think newschanels get a kick from pushing fear and more fear done peoples throat.
You know what we do for instance? On German television, every working day, there’s a show about every day live in the Zoo Hagenbeck in Hamburg.
To watch a baby elephant getting a douche, the mother keeping watch.
The joy this little elephant has playing with water makes us smile and enjoy it
The interaction between the animals and those that care for them is heartwarming.
On the BBC they have a show the Repaishop, worth to watch that.
I prefer to read my news….I agree animal videos are heart warming. chuq
I completely agree that the “breathless” non-stop reporting, discussion and opinion on every single thing that happens is just too much. It’s one thing to be informed, it’s another to be suffocated!
Suffocation is the best example. chuq