I avoid most news media because of the embellishments they tend to make to get high ratings and because it’s all mostly bad news. They spread bad news because it puts people in fear, then they watch the news to see if they can let go of the fear yet, if anything has changed. Just my opinion, but something to think about. I do not like focusing on all the bad that is going on in the world. It brings me down and I feel like I’m here fighting to survive, rather than living and enjoying a good life.
But… I have a well-meaning family member that seems to thrive on bad news from TV news stations and feel the need to inform me of all the bad going on in the world. They think I am not informed, but I am in my own way. When something bad happens we all hear about it. Bad news travels fast. When I get that kind of news and if I feel it necessary, I’ll go look up facts about the situation that I want to know. I don’t go read entire articles or listen to news castings. I go to Google and ask the question(s) I want to know the answer to and after I get the results I check to see if the facts I got are from a reliable source.
The Corona Virus was this week’s bad-news topic with my news-loving family member. The news was actually blaring in the background while he was explaining how the world was going to end. At one point I heard the newscaster say that a 40-year-old man got it, he drank a few Gatorades and it was gone… no big deal. But the family member did not hear that – he saw the other side of the TV screen where there were people in Hazmat suits and I don’t even know if it was related to the virus because he was still going on about how we’re all going to get it and die. After the family member pushed everything he learned from his favorite news station on me and my daughter (in an effort to ‘protect’ us), we both ended the day feeling hopeless, drained and with glazed-over eyes.
What we did to relieve this was look up the facts about how many have gotten the virus, how many had recovered, what the percentage was of the people that got it compared to the population (in the area it started in). Those facts and a few others gave us the relief we needed to feel stable again.
It was a lesson to know that any story that anyone tells us is told through their lens in how they see the world, or what news station they are listening to and to not take that information in as fact. In our situation it was an elder ‘smart’ person that relayed the info so we took it in. It seriously sounded like the end of the world was here.
I’m not trying to downplay this virus at all. I do realize it is and can be a serious issue. But I do believe the media may be blowing it up to get high ratings and it’s something to keep in mind. Better to go look up your own facts, confirm they are from reliable sources and make up your own mind on how to view and deal with the situation.
My daughter and I decided to stop eating out for a while, keep a distance from people, especially if they have symptoms, wash our hands frequently, keep our immune system healthy with less stress and herbal teas and or supplements, possibly get our groceries delivered, rather than shop and be out in public. We are taking every precaution we can and letting go of the rest. But our minds are more at ease after informing ourselves in the way that I explained above and the less stress we have, the less likely we will be to get it.
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