Now and then, turn that news off.

The other day I had the TV news running on my laptop nearly all day.

It was busy news-wise, with fresh details emerging all the time.

In fact it was hard not to get dragged into it all, and very distracting in fact.

However whilst it seemed interesting at the time, it was all stuff over which I had no influence.

It was all going to happen whether or not I was watching, and at the end of the day I think it was actually a major drain on my energy and attention.

It’s easy to get distracted by this kind of thing, and end up losing focus on the important things in life.

I’m sure it’s important to know (a little) about the bigger picture but it definitely doesn’t make sense to start worrying about things that are way outside your own world.

Does that make you selfish?

I don’t think so.

Just sensible.

On a similar note, let me draw your attention to a nice article to which I was alerted by Moodnudges reader, Damian Smith.

Damian, by the way, is training for the extraordinary Marathon des Sables next year (basically six back-to-back marathons in seven days across the Sahara Desert).

Details of that here:

https://damoisrunning.com

Anyway, Damian points you and I to this piece by Victoria Coren Mitchell in The Guardian, full of amusing and helpful “things to think about when you don’t want to think about what you’re thinking about.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/18/stop-the-world-i-need-a-break

Thanks Damian (and good luck). Thanks Victoria. And thank you for reading today.

6 thoughts on “Now and then, turn that news off.

  1. Good suggestion Jon and I did that just last night as the 10.00pm news came on and I realised I’d watched 3 similar ones already and read a newspaper so decided enough was enough.

    I turned off and had more time to read my book – much more energising than a surfeit of news.

    1. My depression is not good at the moment and when I am vunerable to triggers I avoid them like the plaque. Too be honest most of the news is about the bad stuff. How often do we see something uplifting hardley ever. So for this reason I boycot the news, this usually means I stay in the kitchen and cook dinner or occupy myself until it’s finished. Every now and again I might watch it then usually something terrible has happend and it makes me feel like absalute crap so i get up and leave the room. I hardleys watch any TV just a few of my favourite shows. I find the bombardment of advertisments every few mi utes is so draining. Having a rest from TV is a tonic to my soul. I would highley recommend it. Do things that feed your soul not suck the life out of you.

  2. Great idea and excellent and amusing article.
    I’ve avoided anything political except for the headlines for a while and my world is a better place for it.
    One extra thought though, if you think you have no influence over things, from climate change to bringing personal dreams to fruition, Try ‘Find your Power – a toolkit for resilience and positive change’ by Chris Johnstone.
    Along with Moodnudges, it’s the best book I’ve read in living memory.

  3. For all of us who are too self-critical and mean to ourselves, ‘Self Compassion, stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind’ by Kristin Neff is worth a read too.

  4. My depression is not good at the moment and when I am vunerable to triggers I avoid them like the plaque. Too be honest most of the news is about the bad stuff. How often do we see something uplifting hardley ever. So for this reason I boycot the news, this usually means I stay in the kitchen and cook dinner or occupy myself until it’s finished. Every now and again I might watch it then usually something terrible has happend and it makes me feel like absalute crap so i get up and leave the room. I hardleys watch any TV just a few of my favourite shows. I find the bombardment of advertisments every few mi utes is so draining. Having a rest from TV is a tonic to my soul. I would highley recommend it. Do things that feed your soul not suck the life out of you.

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