May 26, 2021

News reports can keep us informed about what is happening and things we may need to do.  But too much exposure to media, especially when it's traumatic or disappointing, can all be too much.  Whether it be traditional television, radio or print, or now with multiple social media vehicles, there is an endless supply of information.  And let's be honest, we live to scroll...

With a never-ending stream of information that comes at us all day long, it can be easy to become overwhelmed if you are experiencing a stress reaction or internalizing what you are seeing or hearing.  

Take a Break from Media Coverage

Stop Listening to, or talking about stressful events.  Fill the gap, often looking at the news is a habit so try to find something else to do instead.

Feelings of Resurfacing Grief and Anxiety

Traumatic events can become triggers, talk to someone you trust.  Try to keep a regular pattern of eating and sleeping.  Get exercise.  Make time to rest.

Media Coverage and Children

Limit exposure to help children cope with what they do hear or see.  Explain things in a developmentally appropriate manner.  Monitor the play of children to watch for cues of distress.  Keep to routines to help them feel safe.  Assure your children that they are safe.  And, as much as possible, spend extra time with them so they know they are secure.

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Stay healthy and safe everyone.

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