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How to keep up with the news without getting stressed
Thursday, 16 April · 2 min read

When faced with the type of uncertainty we’re all experiencing right now, it’s tempting to seek out updates throughout the day. But mental health experts agree that too much information can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety about the future.

If you’re starting to feel a little anxious about or overwhelmed by the current pandemic, follow these steps to stay up to date with the latest news without damaging your mental health.

  1. Take breaks from the news and social media - don’t leave the TV or radio news playing in the background all day.
  2. Set aside specific times during the day to get updates - do this no more than twice a day and set a time limit on how long you’ll spend on checking the news.
  3. Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that makes you feel anxious or distressed.
  4. Stick to trusted sources of information to makes sure you get facts, rather than rumours or misinformation.

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Today's choice

Take a moment to practice mindfulness today by stopping to appreciate the natural beauty of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.

Under normal circumstances, you'd need to travel to countries such as Norway, Iceland or Finland to see this natural wonder for yourself, but you can now do so from the comfort of your own home.

Just head to the Aurora webcam to catch a live stream of the sky at night.