7)  Inform Yourself... but Watch Less News

 

It’s easy to get fixated on the ‘energy’ of a crisis. We want to know more, so we watch more. It draws us in, and feels hard to pull away from. Yet at the same time, it can also increase our stress, anxiety and fear.

Our minds generate a lot of negative and fear-based thoughts during times of crisis. Worry. Despair. Powerlessness. Fear of the future. (And so on.) These grow when we watch the news. And the more ‘bad news’ we see and hear, the more these thoughts (and feelings) grow.

So how do we take care of ourselves in times like these?

Here are a few tips:

- Don’t ignore or deny what’s happening.

- Stay informed about what you need to know and do.

- But be mindful of how much news you are watching.

- Take regular breaks from it.

- Notice if more information is actually helping you cope and understand, or if it’s feeding your fear, anxiety or powerlessness.

While watching news of negative events, remember to:

- breathe

- feel your body

- notice your emotions, or fearful thoughts

- listen to what you’re needing underneath these

- give yourself caring and reassurance, e.g. put your hand on your heart, and give yourself love/calming energy

Use the news to help yourself, and others. But don't let it consume or disempower you. Stay in charge of your well-being.

How to Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News, from Greater Good Magazine. How to stay informed about coronavirus while protecting your mental health.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_be_intentional_about_consuming_coronavirus_news

Useful Sources of Information

Coronavirus Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University + Medicine

A resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

Coronavirus Resource Center, Harvard University
https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center

 

This site includes: Coping with coronavirus -- Dealing with daily stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions
https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coping-with-coronavirus

Plus Videos, podcasts, blogs on topics such as:

Coronavirus Coverage, from National Geographic
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/coronavirus-coverage

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation

https://www.weforum.org

Wikipedia also provides an excellent overview of the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019
 

Governmental Sources of Information on the Coronavirus

In the USA:

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

and

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

In Canada:

www.canada.ca/coronavirus

In the European Union:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/health/coronavirus-response_en

In the United Kingdom:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
and
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

In Australia:

https://www.australia.gov.au/

Worldwide: World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

From the News Media

CNN.com:

Useful links:

www.cnn.it/covidmentalhealth

www.cnn.com/coronavirushowtohelp

www.cnn.com/coronavirusanswers

CNN Global Town Halls on the Coronavirus

with Andersen Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta

- Held most Thursdays  (5 pm Eastern zone; 9 pm Pacific zone)

CBC.ca:

Your guide to COVID-19 and its impact on life in Canada

https://www.cbc.ca/news/coronavirus-guide-explainer-1.5497009

 

BBC.com

Basic Information, How does it affect me, Video Explainers + more:

https://www.bbc.com/news/coronavirus

Australia's ABC News:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/coronavirus/

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