society, we are constantly bombarded by news. Cell phones, the
Internet, television, radio and other outlets allow an
ever-present stream of information to flow into our lives.
Being informed is important, but when the news is bad or
disturbing, some people become upset or even depressed. Mayo
Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsey says adults and children
should avoid media overload, and they should be careful about
the amount of negative or bad news to which they're exposed.
stories are so noteworthy that we end up feeling like it's all
bad news, and I believe that this has been happening quite a
bit lately. There are many ways we can reframe what we're
hearing so we don't drift into discouragement or
Jowsey offers some tips on how to cope when the news brings us
it off: Stop listening, watching or reading
it around: Do something positive to make the world better,
such as volunteering
outside: Experience nature
Exercise: It helps relieve stress
positive: Remember that good news does happen
to your children: Their concerns may be different from yours
news becomes overwhelming, Dr. Jowsey recommends you contact
your health care provider.