Save Your Sanity — Turn Off the News

News is used — more and more often — to project and validate a point of view, and not so much to report the news. Find out how to save your sanity!

Save Your Sanity

"Save your sanity."

On the surface, that phrase may sound like a joke. People might laugh. People may brush it off. However, your sanity is very important, especially in a world of business, craziness, and news.

If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're misinformed.

Mark Twain

News Isn't What It Used To Be

In the past, news was meant purely to inform. News was something that connected the world and journalists fought tooth and nail to maintain their neutrality. 

That isn't so much the case now. While there are many news organizations and journalists that attempt to adhere to the standard of neutrality, many don't even try.

I'm not saying that most organizations give opinion for the sake of giving opinion. Many believe that they are acting in the best interest of viewers. However, I'm not so sure about that anymore,  especially as politics becomes more and more decisive.

News is used -- more and more often -- to project and validate a point of view, and not so much to report the news.

I'm Right, You're Wrong -- 100% of the Time

Saving your sanity is even more important in a polarized world:

  • If one person is right, the other is wrong -- 100% of the time.
  • One person disagrees with another -- that means that the first person hates everything about the second.
  • There is no middle ground: a politician disagreeing with another on one issue means that the politician must disagree with all other issues.

Sounds far fetched? Is it? When was the last time politicians on any side could agree on *anything* without being pushed into agreement by a crisis? Also, post the wrong thing or have the wrong opinion on social media, be ready to be attached by one mob or another.

Debating is almost a lost art. The chance to learn and teach are often drowned out in a sea of arguments. People scream at each other in person or on social media, defending their points of view to the end, or retreat and shut down the relationship entirely.

That's won't help you to save your sanity, either.

Turn It All Off: The Best Way To Save Your Sanity

If you find yourself wondering how to save your sanity , the best way is to turn off the news. Turn off the news, turn off the radio, stay away from online news sites, and stay away from social media.

Odds are, the news that you've spent so much time following won't do a thing to improve your life. It won't do a thing to help you make more money, pay off your bills, or gain that much-needed promotion at work.

News won't help you to work on your marriage or improve your relationships with your kids or your partner.

Even if you could learn, digest, and understand the news, you are probably not in a position to change the world that you are hearing about.

You might consider walking away from the news completely. You can limit the amount of time that you spend studying/watching the news to 20 - 30 minutes. Odds are, that is all you need to stay informed.

Limiting your "news intake" will help you to do two things:

  1. You'll lower your amount of stress because you're not absorbed in it.
  2. You'll free up time for things that really matter, like school, self-development, family time, or sleep.

As a bonus, you'll avoid pointless debates on Twitter or Facebook: You can't get into a debate if you're not looking at social media in the first place!!

That is how you save your sanity: just walk away!

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