Stressed? News, especially these days, can do that

Written by on March 4, 2022

Stressed? News, especially these days, can do that

By Megan Frank
March 4, 2022

Whether national or global, the 24/7 news cycle can cause anxiety. (Photo | File)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – From COVID-19 to the attacks on Ukraine, there’s been no shortage of hard-to-digest news.  

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone.  The World Health Organization says consuming news may increase stress.  

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Some people are especially vulnerable, including those with PTSD and other mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

Stan Theodoredisis, licensed professional counselor at Lehigh Valley Counselors, said it’s natural for people to feel overwhelmed by world headlines and that it’s important for people to take regular breaks from the coverage.

“The 24/7 news cycle is anxiety-provoking,” said Theodoredis, who is a clinically certified trauma professional.  “We like to believe that there’s some element of control in the world, and there isn’t.  Don’t leave the TV on 24/7 with the news channel on.”

Theodoredis says for people with PTSD, events like those in Ukraine can re-traumatize them.  

People may be able to process their feelings by talking to a friend or writing down their thoughts, he said.

If negative feelings persist, Theodoredis suggested scheduling time with a mental health professional to get help.

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