I woke up this morning, had my coffee and watched the news. As headlines yelled trump adds fuel to the fire, I thought ‘I can’t handle anymore of this negativity’.

With all this talk and noise of discrimination, marriage inequality and war it feels like we’re heading towards an imminent apocalypse. And it’s getting harder and harder to stay positive because things are spiralling out of control and all we can do is watch.

But should we?

After this mornings frustrations, my feelings of hopelessness were tenfold. So I started to do some research and found an interesting Huffington Post article. It’s about the negative impact of negative news (which let’s face it, makes up about 80% of content atm).

British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey told HP:

“Negative news can significantly change an individual’s mood — especially if there is a tendency in the news broadcasts to emphasize suffering and also the emotional components of the story”

“In particular… negative news can affect your own personal worries. Viewing negative news means that you’re likely to see your own personal worries as more threatening and severe, and when you do start worrying about them, you’re more likely to find your worry difficult to control and more distressing than it would normally be.”

 So I’ve now decided to try out no news for a week. I need a break from the old trump ball of f***ing everything up.

And I’ll remind myself of Mahatma Gandhi’s wise words:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”

 

By Erica Price

 

Article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/violent-media-anxiety_n_6671732