2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. With what’s gone on here in the states as well as in the world, it is enough to make anyone say, “I’ve had enough!” And guess what? I have.
Last month, sometime around the beginning of August, I decided not to follow any news organizations on twitter anymore. I was tired quite frankly, of my twitter feed constantly being filled with the political nonsense that is our election cycle and people’s opinions and the vitriol that seemed to accompany it. I had had it up to here…and then some.
I also decided that the television wasn’t going to get my attention either. The world was going to keep on spinning whether or not my attention span was going to accompany it. The politics that is currently engulfing our nation was going to continue to engulf whether or not I threw my hands up in despair at the continued histrionics that is the news.
People getting sick, people losing their lives, continued in-action by representatives whose job it is to get some action done, I really couldn’t take it anymore. I am an emotional person by nature, an empath. I can’t watch bad news and then shrug it off and go make dinner. News stories stay with me for days. I get sad. I get despondent. I can’t shake it off.
So I simply cut the proverbial cord. I had to.
Don’t get me wrong. What is happening in our nation is important. Who wins our country’s election in November is important. What is going on in other nations is important. But I also think it is important to notice when we are on information overload, and know that it is okay to step back. It is okay to take some deep breaths and walk away for a while.
With the advent of 24-hour news cycles and social media, we know everything and anything that is happening at any given moment all the time. And frankly, it can be overwhelming.
So if you feel like the media and the news is bumming you out, it is okay to take a break from it. Come back when and if you want to.
Unfortunately, the news isn’t going anywhere.
Have you ever taken a media break? How long was your break? Let me know in the comments! 🙂