Take a Critical Look at the Media You’re Consuming

In today's technologically-connected world, some type of media is always at our fingertips. By simply picking up your smartphone, you’re immediately connected to your network of friends and family, or the latest news headline. While this type of accessibility is convenient and useful in many ways, technology can also cause a tremendous amount of stress. Did you know that the media can contribute to the clutter in your life? That’s right. Let's take a critical look at the media you're consuming and the ways in which it can affect your peace of mind.




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Types of Media

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram give you an up close and personal view of what's going on in the lives of your friends, family members, and colleagues. It also provides you with up-to-the-minute news stories, giving you access to current events like never before. Plus, there's TV, radio, and newspapers. These standards may not be as immediate in their use, but they do add to the array of media consumption we experience each day.


Media and Stress

Exposure to all this media on-demand can cause a great deal of stress in a number of ways. When you're glued to your smart phone, answering every alert while also trying to pay attention to the world around you, your senses are bound to become overloaded. This overload leads you to feeling drained and stressed out. It can all become too much, having to be "on" all the time and ready to answer to emails, social media, and the latest world events. In addition, all of this input can become intrusive. It cuts into your personal life and your work world. Many of us feel obligated to deal with work messages and crises at the drop of the hat, even while trying to enjoy leisure time with our families and friends. Being exposed to the news regularly is another stressor. It can be traumatic to see and hear about terrible events occurring in the world around you. Reliving that trauma several times a day simply compounds it, even when it isn't something that is directly happening to you. Finally, there's the stress of comparison. Social media can often lead to FOMO or "fear of missing out," along with comparison. We can feel like our lives don't measure up to those of our online friends.


How to Cope

First and foremost, limitation is the key to finding balance. Decide what types of media are most important to you and limit the rest. Then set a schedule for when you'll access that media. Be vigilant and try not to sneak peeks. Soon, you'll find your reliance becoming less and your mood beginning to level out. Find substitutions for your media access. Spend time focusing on projects that are important to you or actually talking to people face-to-face. You'll see how productive and social you can really be. Also, when you do sit down with a form of media, be sure you're looking at just one thing at a time. Multitasking is actually a contributor to stress. It's best to sit and scroll through your Facebook feed before moving onto Instagram or flipping on the local TV news.

Hopefully, this overview gives you some insight into how a daily barrage of media can affect you. Now that you're aware, you can be a smart consumer of the media you choose and begin to feel calmer throughout your life.


Blessings & Love,

Jen #thankfulheartscoaching





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