Women’s Health – How To Stay Mentally Strong When It Feels Like The World Is Falling Apart
With the news cycle is full of so many stressful and scary events these days it is hard to know how to stay mentally strong. Feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, or simple downright discouragement are pretty normal when bad things seem to just keep happening. But it is also important to know how to balance your reactions, and stay resilient.
Women’s Health asked me to weigh in on strategies to navigate a scary news cycle, and I was pleased to help.
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So…what are you supposed to do about it? It sounds obvious, but licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., says that dialing back on how much news you’re consuming can make a big difference. “‘News diet’ is one of the things I’m suggesting to people that are feeling overwhelmed by the news, and feelings of anxiety—limiting news consumption,” Clark says. Mayer agrees. He recalls one news junkie patient who was “flooded” with anxiety over the news—he found relief from dialing back on how much news he consumed by 80 percent.