Are you overcome by the onslaught of disturbing news, fake news, alternative facts, rise in hate crimes, and general political divisiveness that is our toxic post-election atmosphere? Here are a few tips to protect your mental health and avoid media burnout.
- Get off Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as much as possible. If you engage, try to avoid chiming in on political conversations, and focus on the good news over the bad news.
- Hide people in your news feed who cause you anger, worry, or hurt. It isn’t worth the fight or the angst.
- Turn off your notifications on your phone. Especially your news feed.
- Watch one hour of news per day and try to get some news from outside US sources. BBC World News and other international news have a good blend of world news and tend not to focus on the Donald 100% of the time.
- Spend time with your loved ones and pets, away from the television, away from the news headlines, away from it all. Focus on what really matters, and recharge with those you love.
Here is a link to a great article with more helpful advice: Fatigued by the News?