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Avoid Burnout Tip – Resilient People Turn OFF the News

July 24, 2010

Turn off the news.  Your resilience will grow by leaps and bounds.

I just spent two weeks of vacation without once turning on the television, let alone turning on the news.  I can’t recommend it enough.

There is quite a bit of evidence to back up this claim.   Here is one snippet I found on the Huffington Post by Lloyd Garver.

A recent University of Pittsburgh-Harvard Medical School study concluded that adolescents who watch too much TV have a greater chance of becoming depressed adults than those kids who don’t watch a lot of television. For every additional hour of TV watched per day, the odds of becoming depressed increases by 8%.

Aside from news being extremely negative in nature, the news we get isn’t particularly honest.   The content of the news can depend upon the views of the publisher, the training of the journalist (how willing he/she is to dig for facts), and is most definitely affected by advertising dollars.

I’m not advocating giving up news altogether – it’s important to know what is going on in the world. I would suggest perhaps we need to rethink the types of news we accept.

In the meantime, two weeks without news did absolute wonders for me.  I feel so much less concerned about the world, and feel like, for once,  I successfully relaxed on a vacation.  If this is what vacations are like, I think I need to take more of them.

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