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Coping with Bad World News

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t” – Steve Maraboli, behavioural scientist, speaker and author

We currently live in a world that’s more connected than ever before. Nowadays, the news is no longer limited to traditional mass media like TV and newspapers, but it also floods our social media and smartphone apps.

With so much information at our fingertips, we might feel pressured to constantly stay up to date, or worry that we’re missing out on important announcements if we don’t check the news. While having access to world news has many benefits, especially during a global pandemic, it can also get extremely overwhelming and take a toll on our mental health. Being surrounded by technology, it can be hard to take a break from the news, or to know how and when to limit the amount of negative, sensational information we’re receiving.

Check out our resource for tips to cope with bad world news in a healthy way!

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