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How to cope with headline stress – Folio

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 202062 Views

Five experts offer advice on how to stay informed without feeling overwhelmed.

There’s a lot to cry about in the news these days.

The relentless news cycle can induce anxiety and depression at the best of times, more so as we live through the COVID-19 global pandemic, climate change, a bottomed-out oil market and widespread layoffs.

It’s something American therapist Steven Stosny coined a term for: “headline stress disorder.”

So how do you stay informed enough to be a responsible citizen without sacrificing your mental health?

Respond by acting

According to U of A educational psychology professor Jacqueline Leighton, turning away from bad news is not the answer, since the healthy response is to “stay awake and active.

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