How to Cope When the News is Traumatizing

How to Cope When the News is Traumatizing

From the riots at the U.S. Capitol to the highly infectious COVID-19 variants, the news has been overwhelming to say the least. Here are some ways to ensure you take care of yourself in the midst of all that’s going on.

Monitor your news consumption.

Set a timer to stop scrolling and consider how you consume your news.

Take a deep breath.

Anxiety therapist Eileen Purdy, MSW, suggests breathing in for four seconds, holding for four and then out for eight.

Accept how you feel, “Expect that if something upsetting occurs, you will be anxious. Don’t judge it or try to stop it," says licensed clinical psychologist Lata K. McGinn.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, Speaking to a therapist is always an option, so don't rule it out.