“The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people feel pessimistic or fearful,” said researcher Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Coping with an uncertain world
“As we continue adapting to the ever-increasing speed of the news cycle, it’s important to take a moment to explore the impact it is having on how we feel, behave and think, to better take care of ourselves,” he added in a university news release.
Professor Maidenberg suggested a number of ways to cope with an uncertain world.
You can gain a sense of control by helping others. Making a donation or volunteering your time to help others can ease feelings of helplessness, he said.
A Health24 article supports the concept that people with a tendency toward depression can help themselves by helping others or otherwise introducing positivity into their day-to-day lives.
More leisure activities
If you feel overwhelmed, seek social support. This could include something like joining a book club or other type of group, Professor Maidenberg explained.
In addition, it’s a good idea to do more leisure activities that you enjoy, get more exercise, and maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
Finally, Professor Maidenberg advised, limit your exposure to news. Restrict it to certain times of the day or certain days of the week. It might also be a good idea to limit your sources of news. For example, read a newspaper but don’t scroll through Twitter.