Mental Health Month 2024 May 15, 2024

In today's fast-paced media climate, the 24-hour news cycle can seem impossible to avoid. We are bombarded with dramatic news coverage and endless clickbait, which has more of an impact on mental health than we may realize.

According to a survey of 266 therapists by GrowTherapy, 99% said watching or reading the news can have a negative impact on mental health. People who belong to the BIPOC or LGBTQ+ communities are especially vulnerable.

How can we protect our mental health?

1. Identify your triggers: Take some time to think about what subjects stir the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Some people may be more reactive to global conflict while others may feel more affected by racial injustice. Once you've figured out what has the strongest impact on you, you can limit your consumption of media with triggering content.

2. Try reading the news: Instead of watching videos, studies show reading the news can be less triggering, in part due to less disturbing imagery with written articles.

3. Limit your time with the news: Doomscrolling might help you feel more informed about how to protect yourself from the troubles of the world, but it ultimately does more harm than good. Aim for no more than 30 minutes per day if possible.

4. Plan an enjoyable activity: After reading the news, do something fun to decompress.

5. Get involved: Joining a group that is working on the issues that you are most passionate about can help you feel empowered to make change instead of feeling helpless.

6. Become media literate: Sometimes what feels like news can be based more on opinion than facts, so where you get your news can make a big difference. Make sure the information you're getting is accurate and provides a variety of perspectives.

7. Enhance your optimism: Do more of what brings you joy and satisfaction

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