Sure, you want to be aware of what’s happening in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be plugged into your Twitter or Facebook feed 24/7. Give yourself permission to take breaks. And aim for a balanced media diet. Don’t just focus on the really bad news. Gravitate toward the good, too. ~ Ann Douglas
I’ve cut way back on social media diet this year. It was a conscious choice to carve out time for the things I love most in life – hanging with my pack, cooking, reading books, and of course moving.
Then the news (real or fake) seemed to go from bad to worse to overwhelmingly disturbing, which reinforced my decision. I’m not burying my head in the sand, just picking and choosing my sources more carefully. When I read Ann Douglas’ How To Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed By Your Newsfeed I knew I needed to pass it along. (Shout out to Amanda Laird; might have missed it if she hadn’t included it in her newsletter.)
Ann is a parenting book author, speaker, and mental health advocate. She shares her best advice for taking care of yourself, and your children too. Feel all your feelings, take action, reach out. And more. It’s a reassuring and inspiring read with lots interesting links to more great content. The one that’s resonating with me today: “gravitate toward the good”.
You can find more of Ann’s wisdom in her latest book Parenting Through the Storm.