5 Ways to Stay in Touch With The News Without Getting Overwhelmed

5 Ways to Stay in Touch With The News Without Getting Overwhelmed

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Choose Your Sources Wisely. 
Instead of relying on social media or clickbait headlines, opt for reputable sources that prioritize accuracy and objectivity. Consider subscribing to a newspaper or magazine or following respected news outlets on social media.

Facebook is not always the best news source. It's not unbiased and it's certainly not reliable. Facebook is a social network designed to keep you on the site for as long as possible so that they can serve ads to you. 

If you want objective information about what's happening in the world beyond what people are posting on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, then there are plenty of other places where such information can be found: newspapers; magazines; websites run by reputable organizations like NPR or Reuters; TV channels, etc. 

It’s best to opt for a diverse array of sources to get the full picture of events that take place. There are subtleties in all reporting that lead to bias. Some news sources also focus more on positive headlines rather than only negative ones. 

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Set Boundaries. 
It's important to set boundaries when it comes to consuming news. While it's important to stay informed, you don't need to check your phone or watch the news all day. 

Consider setting specific times for checking the news and stick to those times. You might also want to limit the amount of time you spend on social media, where news can be overwhelming and often inaccurate.

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Prioritize Your Personal Interests. 
Rather than trying to consume all the news, focus on the topics that matter most to you. If you're interested in politics, for example, you might want to subscribe to a political newsletter or follow political journalists on social media. If you're interested in technology, you might want to focus on news sources that specialize in tech news. If you love science and nature, there are so many great sources to find and follow.

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Take Breaks! 
If you're like us and have an insatiable appetite for information, it can be tempting to check the news multiple times per day. But this is a surefire way to get overwhelmed by all the bad stuff happening in our world. Instead, try limiting yourself to just one check (or maybe two). Make time for activities that help you decompress, such as exercise, reading a book, or spending time with friends and family. Taking breaks can help you maintain a healthy perspective and prevent burnout.


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Consider Multiple Perspectives. 
Finally, it's important to consider multiple perspectives when consuming news. Instead of relying on a single news source, try to get information from a variety of sources. This can help you develop a more well-rounded understanding of the issues and prevent you from getting stuck in an echo chamber.

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