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Overwhelmed by the News? You’re Not Alone

It feels that the news has been overwhelming and scary for a long time now

We should be used to this right now right? No. No we shouldn’t.

TikTok and Instagram are full of videos of horrific acts, especially those involving children, and there is a level of uncertainty that can be very hard to deal with, especially if you’re someone who struggles with your own mental health. So we hope this can help you to take care of yourself when the news feels overwhelming

How to Take Care of Yourself

One of the best ways to take care of yourself is to stay informed, but know your limits. There is a difference between understanding the situation, and just bombarding ourselves with upsetting content. There is very little that we, as young people in Ireland can do to help at this point. We can have compassion and empathy, and still care for ourselves.

Focus on Your Education and Growth

If you want to change the world, focus on your education and personal growth. When you leave school, you can use your voice and power to speak out against injustice or become a hero who helps those displaced or traumatized by war.

Tips to Manage Your Mental Health

If the current news is impacting your ability to focus on these goals, here are some tips to help you take a step back and refocus:

  • Maintain a Routine: Decide what time you go to bed and wake up, and pay attention to what you eat and drink.
  • Engage in Hobbies: Spend your free time on activities you enjoy and that make you feel good.
  • Monitor Your Online Activity: Choose carefully what you read or post about, and limit your time online.
  • Direct Your Energy Wisely: Focus on what you can control and make small, positive changes in your daily life.

Stay Informed, but Choose Wisely

Understand that the media often focuses on upsetting content to get clicks. If you want to stay informed, find reputable news sources that provide short but clear updates. Podcasts can be a good option, as they avoid graphic images that can stick with you longer and cloud the facts.

Balance the Negative with the Positive

Remember, there are many amazing people and organizations doing important, life-saving work. Try to balance the negative news with stories of positivity and hope. Let those doing good inspire and empower you for the future.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of your mental health is crucial, especially in times of uncertainty. Stay informed, but know your limits. Focus on your personal growth and find a balance between staying aware and staying positive.

If you still feel like you want to do more to help, check out our post on Micro Activism to see what you might be able to do individually x

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