20 Things to Do If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by the News

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Watching the news has its ups and downs. For one, it’s lovely to be informed about what’s going on in the world and know as much as you can. But it’s often inundated with devastation, sadness, and despair—and that’s on a normal day, not when we’re dealing with a global crisis. If you love to stay informed but are feeling thwarted and anxious from watching/reading the news, here’s what you can do.

 

1. Reset your phone notifications

Go into the settings on your phone and look over the apps you allow to notify you. If you’re really feeling stressed, remove notifications from any news apps you subscribe to and keep the notifications you do allow to a minimum. When I go out of town, I turn off email, Slack, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook notifications to keep my mind on the present, and doing the exact same during this time has definitely helped keep overwhelm at…

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