In the summer of 2016, I placed myself in a ”news bubble” that lasted more than two years. It seemed like world events had reached a new level of craziness and I got tired of the way the constant barrage of outrageous headlines was making me feel. So I decided to “bubble up” and quit exposing myself to it all. I stopped going to Facebook. I stopped visiting news websites. I told my husband to let me know if something catastrophic (like, say, a bomb or a hurricane) was coming our way.
I instantly felt a notable reduction in my stress levels.
But somewhere along the way my news bubble burst and I got lost in it all again. First I was just checking CNN every once in a while. But a few weeks ago, I realized that I was going on there multiple times a day – like more times than I could count.
And it wasn’t making me feel good. It was making me angry. It was making me upset. It was stressing me the hell out.
So I made myself mull over all the reasons why the news bubble had been an excellent idea the first time around and why it needed to make a comeback:
- There are other ways to stay informed.
- Me getting myself fired up isn’t making the world a better place.
- In order for me to contribute and make a difference, I need to protect myself from unnecessary stress and keep my cool.
So I removed the news feed from the google app on my phone, loaded my kindle app with Mindy Kaling and Ellie Kemper, reminded myself that Bored Panda exists, and resolved to go cold turkey on all news consumption.
And it’s been so, so good. My mood just feels lighter and happier. My body feels less tense and more relaxed. I’ve been able to keep focused on my own journey and my own purpose.
I feel totally protected from the shitshow.
And I’m telling you about this, because if you, too, get overwhelmed and stressed out by world events, I want you to know that it’s okay to turn it off and turn inward. It’s okay to take care of yourself. It’s okay to protect yourself. It’s okay to do whatever you need to do to stay strong.