Most of our stress doesn’t come from work or family issues, but from the news. Natural disasters, pandemics, terrorist attacks, school shootings, crooked politicians — that’s what you are bombarded with when you scroll through the news on your phone first thing in the morning or listen to the radio while you commute to work, or when you watch the evening news.
It is no surprise that there have been recent reports of increasing non-war related post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) amongst the general population. Hearing about the current state of the world is enough to put anyone on edge. And with nonstop access to the news, you hear a lot more about things that stress you out than any previous generation.
News-induced stress can have a major impact on your mental and physical health. When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. In these serious and uncertain times afflicted by the COVID-19 — the last thing you want to do is to suppress your immune system.
Researchers at UC Irvine have found that extensive, repeated engagement with media coverage of negative and horrific events was associated with more acute stress than witnessing the event in person.
That’s disturbing since those short-term stress reactions can lead to long-term mental and physical health problems. This phenomenon creates stress that can affect your work, your family life, your health, and your relationships. Don’t let it affect you. You can reduce the amount of news you watch, read, or listen to. Your health and well-being depend on it. I know, today and more than ever, you feel compelled to connect and stay tuned with the latest news update, I understand, I’m guilty of it. The thing to do, however, is not to obsess about it.
Whether you chose to practice self-isolation or quarantine, social distancing or are simply trying to cope with the times, please stay active, creative and recharge your batteries positively by:
- Reading inspiring books.
- Watching inspiring movies.
- Playing games.
- Writing a book.
- Getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.
- Building a website.
- Posting uplifting content on social media.
Amongst other things!
Please don’t eat crap and park yourself on the couch to watch the depressing news or indulge in binge-watching on Netflix. You’re better than that!
We either rise to a higher level of existence or fall into the trap of fear — ultimately, it’s a choice we all make all day, every day!
Stay strong, be healthy, be wise and practice InnerFitness®
Nordine is an internationally acclaimed high-performance coach and wellness expert, bestselling author of Mind Over Body and Keynote Speaker fluent in English, French and Italian. He developed and led the revolutionary fitness program at Miraval Resort, a world-class destination spa in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years where he conducted over 10,000 individual coaching sessions with celebrities, high-performance athletes and executives.