Something happened today that made me want to share one of the things that I found out is making my anxiety worse.
About 2 years ago my anxiety was at its worst (feeling bad everyday and having major anxiety attacks about nothing 4-7 days a week). I was struggling to keep myself together and to attend the classes I was supposed to attend.
Randomly I stumbled upon an interview (posted on the site from one of the danish newspapers) about a woman who hadn’t seen, read or listened to any news in about 10 years.
Her reason for not doing so was pretty simple: It made her anxious!
After reading the interview I quickly reflected on my own life and realized that I went through almost every newspapersite everyday. I even went through them several times a day if something had happened (f.eks. major disasters or theorist attacks in major european citys*) and I couldn’t stop myself until there was no more news.
My conclusion was (and is): going through the newssites og watching the news on tv is making my anxious and misserable.
After realising that some of my anxiety came from reading the news, I decided to stop reading the news for a couple of weeks to see if my anxiety would ease up. And guess what? It worked!
All the anxiety and nervousness didn’t go away, but it eased up and sometimes a little bit is better than nothing at all!
Since discovering what reading the news did to me, I’ve had longer periodes where I didn’t read any news other than headlines popping up on my facebook-feed, when family and friends liked or commented on something. But now and then I end up in the same old ruth were I go through every newssite once or twice a day, and the same thing happens every time (maybe after 2-4 days depending on what kind of news there is). Every time I start reading the news again I start to feel a little bit anxious and get the idea that there are no good people left (or at least there are fewer and fewer of them).
Just because I don’t read the news does not necessarily mean that I don’t know what happens around the world. If there is an article popping up in my newsfeed, that I find interesting I might go read it. By that said, I try to limit myself to only listen to the news when my radio is going. My brain seems to only be able to manage those 4-5 minutes of news they deliver every hour.
But now and again I fall back and it’s always ending up as a reminder of why I try to keep away from it as much as possible. (the same goes for comments on news articles on facebook)
*It’s not because I don’t care about the attacks when they happen in other parts of the world, but for me they just become a lot scarier/anxiety inducing when they happens closer to where I live or places I’ve been.