Before we get started on today’s topic, I wanted to show PBS fans what a Viking ocean cruise liner looks like. Viking is a major sponsor of Masterpiece on PBS. Many of us have either seen Viking’s river cruise boats in their TV or print ads, or have taken a trip on one. Now I get to show you one of their bigger ships as it passed underneath my Miami condo window last night. I quickly grabbed my smartphone, and took a video for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
I couldn’t stop staring at a headline from NBC News the other day. It said, “What is headline stress disorder and do you have it?” I couldn’t believe those words. I was who that headline was talking about. I am obsessed with the news. I keep checking my iPhone several times an hour looking for the next astonishing situation that is happening in the United States.
It could be #metoo, North Korea, fires, Russia, fake news, Net Neutrality, Roy Moore, or ISIS. Should I go on? Nah, you get my drift. There is so much to keep up with. Most of my friends are addicted too, checking their smartphones around the clock for news alerts. The digital world has trained us to expect new news all the time.
NBC said a recent study by the American Psychological Association found that “two-thirds of Americans are stressed out over the future of the country, and the constant consumption of news cycle was pinned as a major contributor.” Therapists are now calling our new condition, “headline stress disorder. ”
NBC is worried that many of us are getting more and more out-of-control. The TV network claims we are creating a very upsetting environment for ourselves. Therefore, they have asked the therapists to help cure us.
This is their cure. I am willing to try a few, but not all. For deeper explanations, click here.
1. SET FIRM TIME LIMITS — AND USE AN ACTUAL TIMER
2. WAIT A WHILE TO CONSUME NEWS AFTER A DISASTER
3. MAKE AN EFFORT TO GET GOOD NEWS, TOO
4. PICK UP A PAPER, NOT FACEBOOK — YOU’LL GET A BETTER BALANCE
5. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO
6. NO NEWS BEFORE BED
7. START THE DAY WITH AN UPLIFTING PODCAST
8. IF YOU NEED TO, DELETE SOCIAL MEDIA APPS FROM YOUR PHONE
9. CUT OFF COMPLETELY (BUT HAVE A FRIEND TO INFORM YOU)
10. HAVE SOME PERSPECTIVE AND DON’T ‘CATASTROPHIZE’
If you are an obsessed news junkies like me, make sure you read the entire NBC story.