Information Overload – Dealing with the Deluge Wisely

Information Overload – Dealing with the Deluge Wisely

Your inbox may be bulging these days, as is mine, with a proliferation of new offerings on the web and through social media as our world shifts more and more online to cope with sheltering in place. Many, many of these offerings are truly helpful.  I’ve tried to glean some of the best, my own and other experts, newly updated on my “pandemic resources” page: Resilience Is Always Needed.

A few more of my own before I offer tips below to stay on a healthy “media diet.”

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A couple more, then the tips:

Watch Linda’s free one-hour video interview with Jon Macaskill, Navy SEAL commander on Veteran’s PATH.

June 4, 2020 Free 90-minute webinar: Landguet Reid Center for Mindful Living

Resilience: Coping Mindfully and Compassionately with Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster

June 13, 2020   3-hour webinar Yoga Mendocino

Resilience: Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster

July 6, 2020 90 minute webinar  Confer Seminars, UK

Developing Resilience for Clinical Work in Challenging Times

And how to off-load some of the overload:

Ten years ago, pioneering positive psychology researcher Barbara Frederickson was already advocating a healthy “media diet” in her book Positivity: Discover the Upward Spiral that Will Change Your Life.  She reminded us even then, “when you’re dowsed in negativity, you’re often worse off emotionally when you lift your eyes from the [TV] screen.”

It’s important to stay informed, these days more than ever.  It’s also important to take a break from the news, too, these days more than ever.

Newscasters get our attention with news that is dramatic and different. The old aphorism: a dog bites a man, that’s not news. Man bites a dog; that’s news.

And they keep our attention with news that activates our nervous system – we become frightened; we become angry and hostile. That activates the stress hormone cortisol that begin to drive our responses. Too often these days, that activation is done deliberately; it’s addicting; that’s well documented.

We can take that much revving up of our nervous system as a cue – when we start reaching for a cookie or a drink to calm our nerves, or start cussing out the news anchor or throwing things at the TV, it’s time to stop, walk away, focus our attention again on what’s really relevant and helpful managing to the worries and concerns we carry about our lives.

1.  Limit the amount of time you spend each day watching/listening to the news. Five minutes of headlines; 30 minutes of in-depth analysis is usually enough to stay intelligent about the world without becoming over-saturated.

2.  Schedule specific times you will check in with the news if that’s helpful to you setting a boundary and protecting your time/attention/energy for the rest of your life tasks. 30 minutes with the newspaper over morning coffee. 15 minutes with the national news at lunch, again at dinner.

3.  Get your news from trustworthy sources that have established reputations for integrity and a balanced perspective.

4.  Resist watching the news late at night; create a bedtime routine that will settle your nervous system for rest, not agitation.  Read a good book, watch a movie, play a board game/card game with your family.

5. And perhaps, quoting the wisdom of Wes Nisker, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”

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