1. Good post. I’m a big basketball fan so right now I’m in the throes of the NBA finals. That’s keeping me distracted for now. And I also tell myself that God’s in charge.

  2. Oh my – I have definitely been on overload lately! I’ve watched more news the last six months than in the last six years! In fact, hubby and I don’t even watch as many movies as we used to because the news is like one big soap opera. Sometimes I have to just turn it off and walk away – but it’s hard because it’s riveting.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, So true! My husband and I watch CNN together, something we never used to do. I wasn’t that interested in cable news… until now. Sigh.

  3. Good post! As a journalist, it caused some withdrawal symptoms when we cut the cable cord. But I find myself much less stressed by having less access to the news.

  4. I definitely get fixated on the news stories. I sometimes have several twitter feeds open, and the news either streaming live on the internet, or watching it on tv. It’s a good idea to just stop and look outside and enjoy what God made for awhile instead.

    • Laurie Stone

      Brenda, For me, nature puts everything in perspective. It shows that life goes on, no matter what happens in our human world.

  5. Good Advise! I think I am coming under the cloud or news fatigue. It is getting more difficult for me to become outraged or even care. Time to stop watching for sure.

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, I think that’s another symptom of news fatigue — you stop caring as much. After a while, it all becomes overwhelming. Good point.

  6. Oh yes. I am not a news junkie. Probably the opposite. Could be in better touch with what’s going on. But, I can’t stand the constant focus on all that is wrong–nothing that is right. When my sister comes to visit, she insists on watching morning and evening news. And it shows in her disposition:).

  7. I don’t watch the TV news any more – it just drags me down and reminds me of how out of control our world is. I get snippets off what’s trending on the side of Facebook and have a quick read if I really want to – otherwise I’ll stay in my bubble of avoidance!

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, I think that’s very smart. You’re right about having no control and that’s what’s hardest about watching. Meanwhile, there’s a beautiful, natural world out there to escape to. It brings me peace.

  8. We are actually addicted to the news channel I think Laurie and sometimes I wonder why I’m even watching it. I rather like your idea of watching nature – much healthier and appealing. To me the news is so negative and appears to be one sided these days especially about politics. Living in Australia I used to think our reporters were very fair in their views but not these days unfortunately. It is becoming more difficult to have a calm debate on issues.

    • Laurie Stone

      Sue, I think of Australia as one of those cool places to live, even politically. Oh well. Maybe there’s no such country. We’ll commiserate together.

  9. I don’t ever watch the news anymore. Its not like the old days with Walter! I can pick and choose what news I want to click on…on FB. My local news to see what is going on around my area and thats it. I was getting too upset about things I have no control over..and nature and walks are better than news.

    • Laurie Stone

      I agree, Hellion. I also get upset over things I can’t control. The things I can control get me crazy enough, so why watch the others? Glad you agree about nature.

  10. Brilliant solution! And one that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status can access. Immerse yourself in nature. It’s totally free.
    And so peaceful!

  11. Jennifer Dunham

    Starting your day off with the news can definitely set a negative tone for your entire day. Who can deny the cheerful sounds of natural is a great way to start.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I read novels in the morning (which can have their own brand of crazy-making). But at least its not a barrage of unsolvable problems. Glad you agree about the nature theory!

    • Laurie Stone

      Baseball would be a great refuge and I know many who love it. I agree, anything is better than watching our world go mad.

  12. Laurie, I really relate to this! I’m including it in a roundup post I’m publishing on my site later today. You’ve described perfectly a lot of the symptoms I’ve experienced the past few months.

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  14. I’ve all but given up the news. It took forever to visit multiple sites just to be sure I was getting the whole and true story. *sigh* I skim to pick up the main bits, ignore the sensational stuff, seek out the positive, AND spend a lot of time at the beach. 🙂

  15. OMG! I am all of the above. I remember being addicted to Dallas and Falcon Crest but this soap opera makes that look tame. I walk and then am in nature in the morning. It’s so soothing to my soul. Then, I don’t turn the TV on until the afternoon. It used to be after 6 but now I can’t wait to see the latest disaster. Comedians are going on burn out and I can’t even imagine the newscasters. Hope it ends sooner than later. And thank you Bama!

    • Laurie Stone

      Rebecca, I think we’re all getting “disaster fatigue.” Unfortunately I don’t think its going to end anytime soon.

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