Feeling overwhelmed? Limit your news time, expert says

Lynne Adkins
June 02, 2020 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) We are finally starting to see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but with protests, lockdowns and curfews, this can be a stressful time for many.

If you turn on the radio or the TV, you'll learn about protests and lockdowns on top of a deadly pandemic. 

Dr. Jay Case, program director at Virtua Behavioral Health, says you need to give yourself a break.

“In this situation, having yourself glued to the news cycle 24/7 is not helpful. Generally speaking, it can make people more and more anxious. So one recommendation I have specific to this situation is for people to just have certain times to watch the news or get their news feeds then step away otherwise,” Case said. 

Case also says to monitor yourself. Are you getting headaches, stomach aches, are you sleeping? Are you having problems concentrating and are you feeling more and more depressed? 

Case says to try to step back, talk to friends and do things you enjoy, and if they aren’t enough, ask a professional.