Trying to keep up with all of the news coming out of the United States may be driving me insane. It’s overwhelming, maddening and much of what I read makes me simultaneously furious, frightened and deeply sad.
But it’s important to keep informed, now more than ever. To tune out is to let the forces of authoritarianism and fascism win.
How, then, to pay attention without becoming overwhelmed? How does one keep an eye on the news without negatively affecting one’s mental health?
I’m not entirely sure of the right answer, but I’ve come up with an approach that may work. The challenge will be to actually stick to it.
Focus on analysis
As the article “How to Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed by Your Newsfeed” notes, there’s a difference between being informed and being immersed. The former is vital. The latter is potentially unhealthy. Rather than allowing myself to be constantly immersed in the latest breaking news, I’m going to try and stick to reading thoughtful, informed analysis of the day’s events.
This will be difficult for me, as I tend to check the news multiple times throughout the day. But if I can resist the tempation to read the news every hour, I think I’ll be better off. I’ll avoid some of the outrage. I’ll avoid some of the wild speculation I’m seeing on social media. And, when I do check the news, what I’ll be reading will be more in-depth and informed analysis of what’s happened that day.
I’ve noticed what I read early in the morning and later in the evening tends to be of higher quality than what I read throughout the workday.
If I stick to checking the news mainly before work and after D has gone to bed, I may just maintain my sanity without losing track of what the US regime is doing to destabilize world order and push us closer to the brink of war.
Hopefully, by focusing on analysis I’ll also be able to stay focused on the bigger picture and maybe even do something to prevent things from getting worse.