Growing up, any time my grandma hadn’t heard from someone in a while, she would say, “No news is good news”. I totally get it. Most of the time, if you haven’t heard from someone in a while, it is because they are off living their life and investing their time and energy into pursuing and fulfilling their goals. I totally get it. Now being a suicide prevention specialist, let me pause and say that of course this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still check on people when you haven’t heard from them – but I still understand why this old saying holds true in a lot of instances and areas of life.
Let me give you another perspective. You know that’s what I do. Let’s look at this literally and talk about the actual news. Older people grew up in a totally different word from the world we live in. I grew up in a totally different world than the world I live in now. I remember growing up with my grandma watching the news, and every now and then you’d hear about a murder. Most of the news was about stuff like car accidents, weather, a few robberies here and there, but nothing like the news is today.
So many older people have anxiety and an overwhelming feeling of gloom SIMPLY because they sit down and watch the news all day. A lot of Millennials live in fear because of what they see on the news every day. Hear me when I say that the news has an agenda. That’s why every Monday or Tuesday, you’ll see social media in an uproar about something. Racism, a celebrity, an engagement ring, the color of a dress… SOMETHING. It’s all strategically planned. And by Friday, everyone has moved on from the topic they spent all day Monday and Tuesday arguing about. The release of information is planned. The spin that is placed on information is planned. That’s why if you ever pay attention, the original story and the subsequent stories are always slightly different. Start paying attention.
LITERALLY, no news is good news. The only time I watch the news is when I’m visiting someone who is watching it or when I’m sitting and waiting at a place of business and I don’t feel like starting at my iPhone. My television is in storage, and the only reason I have a television is to watch documentaries and movies about topics I love. My anxiety was cut by at least 90% when I stopped watching the news.
I still go online and check out current events on the news sites. I still check the weather. I get news alerts on my phone. But I can look at the headline of the story and pretty much gather the agenda behind it. Sometimes news is published simply to inform us. However, that’s not always the case.
So… If you find yourself constantly being anxious, fearful or sad, try this. Go one week without watching the news. Just one week. Seven whole days in my Toni Braxton voice. Do that, and see if anything changes in your life. Let me know how it goes!
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!