Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. To be honest, I’ve tried to avoid writing a post about it all week… because everywhere you look there is a report, an article or a meme about the virus. But, how much information is too much?
Just like we need balance in our everyday life. I think in times like this it’s even more important to have a balance with the amount of information that we consume so that we do not become obsessed. Below are three reminders that can help bring some balance back to your life.
1. Pick two opportunities to read about the pandemic
This is simple, for me, I have chosen to read about covid-19 shortly after I wake up in the morning, as it’s nice to know if there any updates that directly impact my daily routine. The second time I check is usually before dinner at around 5:00 pm. I think it’s really important to not read about it right before you go to bed, as those thoughts can cause you to have restless and sleepless nights. Lastly, I would ensure that you are getting your information for a reputable source. I tend to refer to the Centre For Disease Control and Protection or World Health Organization.
2. Find other activities to occupy your time to ensure that you don’t read the news
If you’re working from home (like most of us are), stay focused on work. Turn off news alerts on your phone. Add filters to your email to message put all covid-19 emails into a separate folder until your designated time to read them. If you are at home avoid watching TV, and instead play games with your family or if you live alone do a project at home like organizing your kitchen cupboards or cleaning out your closet or painting that room you have been putting off. Click here for some other ways to keep yourself busy.
3. Learn to say “no” to friends and family who want to talk about it
This is a hard one because it’s all anyone wants to talk about these days. But, it’s an important one because we need to learn to say “no” in order to keep the balance in our lives. You need to set your boundaries and hopefully, your family and friends will respect them.
I think that we all need to remember that too much of anything isn’t good for our mental health. Hopefully, these tips will help give you some ideas on how to cut back on the amount of information you consume about COVID-19 every day.