Is the Media We’re Consuming Causing Stress?

In today’s technologically-connected world, some type of media is always literally at our fingertips. You only have to pick up your smartphone to be connected to your network of friends and family or to see the latest news headlines. While the convenience is nice and this accessibility is in many ways useful, these things can also causes of stress whether we realize it or not. Let’s take a critical look at the media you’re consuming and the ways in which it can affect your peace of mind.

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, and colleagues. It also provides you with up-to-the-minute news, and access to current events. There’s also TV, radio, and newspapers. 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. Having to be ready to answer emails, social media, and be alert to latest world events.

In addition, all of this input can become intrusive. It cuts into your personal life and your work life. Many of us feel obligated to deal with work messages and crises at the drop of a hat, even while trying to enjoy leisure time with our friends and family.

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 through different outlets over and over 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. It’s kind of like an updated form of “Keeping up with The Jones.’

So, what do we do? 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. Warning! It won’t be easy at first So, 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. Now there’s a concept! 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 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 days.

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  1. Maya

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    1. angeliekapoor

      Hi there! I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog!

      I am not on Twitter however you can follow me on either Facebook (@angeliekapoorcoaching), Instagram (@angeliekapoorcoaching) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelie-kapoor/). I look forward to connecting with you!

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