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Creative Usage of Social Media: Learn How to Stay Informed and Not be Traumatized by Stressful News

Multiple crises are ongoing globally, and people are getting in the vicious bog of stress now and then. Though we have access to 24/7 media coverage, it stays on top of the news. This can be like an all-consuming event. Moderately watching the news may help get informed without being hope-less.

The war in Ukraine is on top of the news, which feels like mental torture. And if you are experiencing stress due to updates of a Ukraine war, then you’re probably not alone. However, living in a pandemic for the last two years has been not more than a depression, anxiety, and stress for many of us.

Arina / Pexels / Sharing your mental stress and depression with your loved ones can give you catharsis and relief from the current mental status.

But, the Ukraine war is the most devastating and destroying people’s peace and health, according to Dr. Ami Baxi (A psychiatrist in a New York Hospital). Moreover, the recent global issue has heightened fear, and listening to news 24/7 has contributed to destroying mental peace.

  • Linking Stress With The News

Seeking to be updated with the news, whole day. Such the war in Ukraine seems like the right move. But, due to the uncertainty in the world’s crisis right now. Indeed, this worsens the anxiety, stress, or depression and can be dangerously paralyzing.

According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), checking the news every minute may be satisfying for a moment but is harmful to mental and physical health. The effect is short–living.

In addition, Dr. Amanda Spray goes on to say that due to 24/7 news update access, people are likely to be exposed to mental disorders. It’s pretty difficult to moderate our consumption, especially, when an important and major global event has taken place.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Alex / Pexels / Post-traumatic stress is a disordered mental condition that gets developed from an unusual and extremely shocking incident.

Furthermore, she added that if someone is exposed to the outrages of war and has been shown by the exaggerated media, the result is in a devastating mental medical condition called post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Stressful, Never-Ending Pandemic

Particularly, the pandemic seems like a never-ending situation globally and has caused individuals to be hope-less with some degree of hesitancy. Many people have been seeking hope, for the last 2 years, because of a pandemic. But this war has immensely increased hopelessness, fuss, and turbulence among the people.

How Would You Know That You’re Already Under Stress?

Andrea / Pexels / Frequent headaches and anger are the commonest symptoms of stress.

Symptoms of stress can be varying. Some common symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach ache
  • Loss of appetite
  • A pondering heart
  • Rapid breathing

Moreover, if you’re feeling any of the symptoms mentioned above, then probably you’re under stress.

How Can You Manage Your Stress Level?

You can control your stress level by prioritizing yourself, taking good care of yourself, and thinking about what you can control at the time of the situation, which is the first step to feeling better.
Moreover, a helpful strategy is to find an activity that makes you feel like you’re doing something about it. As a result, it will give you lesser feelings of being powerless.

For example, many people who work as volunteers in an NGO or an advocacy group that aids in supporting refugees will give you relaxation and inner peace. However, Dr. Amanda Spray added that it’s crucial to talk about your stress to anyone you can trust. It will give you inner peace and satisfaction and relief from the situation.

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