Posted on Apr 15, 2006 | Comments 0
Perhaps you spend hours glued to Fox News for its take on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process. Or maybe youâ€™ve been watching CNN religiously for its coverage of the war in Iraq.
Your radio might be turned to talk radio throughout the day. You might surf the Internet, hunting for news. You may also read as many as five newspapers each day in order to keep abreast of the current news.
You feel as if you donâ€™t want to go a single day without knowing whatâ€™s going on. If there is a news event that you are not familiar with then you feel like out of the loop. You may be familiar with all the major news anchors and their names. Yet, at times, you feel as if you are on information overload.
The desire to get informed is definitely an attribute. In a democracy, we want citizens who are well informed about major issues. Knowing about current events can help you to protect your property, to improve your health, even to protect the lives of yourself and your family.
People who ignore current events altogether do so at their peril. However, being addicted to news can cause you a great deal of stress. Additionally you might feel as if you have to weigh in on every major issue of the day in dealing with your own problems.
By dull news, you might find yourself depressed, adding to your state of anxiety. It can be particularly troubling hearing about a news event and feeling as if youâ€™re powerless to respond.
Quiz To Determine Whether You Are Under Anxiety Or Not
In order to determine whether youâ€™re putting yourself under anxiety, consider taking a little quiz to determine if you are a news junkie.
- Do you read more than two major papers?
- Have you foregone music radio for talk radio?
- Do you watch more than two hours a day of television news?
- Are you on the Internet for more than an hour a day, searching for news headlines?
You are in serious jeopardy of threatening your emotional and physical health through excessive stress, if your answer is â€œyesâ€ for these questions. While watching television or listening to talk radio is a passive experience, it can nonetheless take a toll on our nerves.
We might become edgy and feel nervous. We might find it increasingly hard to concentrate because we are diverted by the news stories we see and hear about. Our anxiety might even exhibit itself in terms of growing irritability.
The point is excess information can be a highly stressful experience. Therefore, if youâ€™re a diagnosed news anxiety, youâ€™ll need to do what you can to lessen your anxiety level.
Anxiety Management Tips
At a certain point, news can become highly counter-productive. Therefore, you need to take steps to protect yourself against excessive stress.
Limit The Viewing Time
To begin with, try to reduce the viewing time of cable news. News is updated every half-hour. Therefore, you can just watch the headlines at the top or bottom of the hour and get all the information you need about the top news stories of the day.
Sometimes On occasion in order to hear in-depth reporting of a particular issue, you might want to tune in longer. But try to limit your viewing time to an hour at the most. Also, try to cut the amount of time you spend on surfing Internet for news headlines.
Just Know The Headline
Just knowing the headlines is enough in most of the cases. You donâ€™t necessarily need to know a minute-by-minute casualty count in order to form a viewpoint about your cityâ€™s crime prevention programs.
In addition, reading just a couple of major newspapers each day should provide you with enough information to have a good understanding of the major issues of the day.
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