Five ways to deal with toxic information

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Do you sometimes feel like you are surrounded only by bad news? Sometimes it seems like reading about a loving family of penguins at your local zoo is the only glimpse of the good you can get from the world.

Yes, the information environment around us has become extremely toxic. We really need to dig deeper in order to find news that isn’t going to make us sad and disappointed. Escaping it has long since become a skill we all need to develop to stay sane. Fortunately, there are several steps we can take to start consuming less negative information.

1. Don’t read updates when you feel anxious.

Reading the news is something akin to a rabbit hole. The more we read, the more anxious we become and the more we want to keep reading. True, it does not help to feel tired and depressed. It’s a vicious circle.

At some point, this cycle must be broken.

Solution: Disconnect whenever you experience anxiety attacks. Opt for reading a good book, meditating or simply doing breathing exercises that will help you calm down. Do whatever will help you forget about bad news and toxic information. Try to make it a habit, so that in the future you can do it effortlessly.

2. Find other topics for friendly discussions.

News is one of mankind’s favorite talking points. After all, what else can we talk about but the latest developments in the world? But, at times when the news engulfs us and becomes the only thing we can discuss with our friends and families, we need to stop and reflect.

Solution: Create a book or movie club with your friends and colleagues. Play board games, golf, Mad Libs on Zoom – whatever it takes to expand your topic pool.

3. Cut out social media.

Where do you get your news from? Many prefer to get it from social networks. Facebook and Twitter give us news in a very short and precise way – exactly what we need in today’s busy world. But that is exactly their danger: we don’t even notice how much bad information we receive in one sitting.

Solution: We say quite often today: “Turn off your social networks”. People who leave social media are more productive and generally feel better about their lives after leaving their accounts. If you don’t want to quit completely, at least delete your mobile apps; this will significantly reduce the time you can spend browsing your accounts.

4. Accept the situation.

Worrying about the things we can’t change is one of the most common reasons for burnout and anxiety attacks. We simply cannot accept the situation around us and therefore we cannot stop thinking about it.

Solution: Accept it. Yes, that is correct. There’s no point worrying about things you can’t change. Accepting this fact and letting go of it is the only thing we can do without harming our mental well-being.

5. Find balance.

Unfortunately for us, it is impossible to live without knowing what is happening in the world or at least in your own country. And the majority of the information you’re going to get is bad.

Solution: Find the balance between the good, the bad and the ugly. Accept that all three are part of our lives, but at the same time, don’t let any one of them overwhelm you. Balance toxic information with good news. This will help you not lose control and sink into anxiety.

The truth is that we are always going to come across shocking news. And this knowledge in itself is somewhat disturbing for some people. All we can do is take care of ourselves, limit the consumption of toxic information, and form a hard shell that will protect us from the negativity we see in the news.

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