A study has shown that taking a break from the news can help improve your mental health

An inundation of negative news, such as shootings, inflation, natural catastrophes, and political turmoil, can be overwhelming. A new study out of Spain has confirmed the negative effects that constant news cycles can have on our health.

Researchers looked into how people managed anxiety and depression during the pandemic. They found that taking breaks from the constant stream of bad news was one of the best ways to cope.

According to Dr. Joaquim, a Barcelona psychiatrist, “the best predictor of having lower anxiety levels and depressive symptoms” was to “avoid too much news.” Radio is also associated with King’s College London and the Karolinska Insitute in Sweden.

The research will be presented this weekend at a meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Vienna. The paper has not been published in any peer-reviewed journal.

Radua warned that the research was done in 2020 and 2021 so it wasn’t clear how the results would be applied as coronavirus cases continue their decline.

Others point out that negative news coverage can only be so many before it harms their mental health.

“There is an endless amount of information,” Lindsey McKernan said, an associate professor in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and was not part of the new study. You don’t have to stop and slow down. It is possible to just continue reading and become more stressed.

Radua studied 942 adult Spanish citizens who completed an online questionnaire every 2 weeks during the pandemic. Participants were asked if they felt depressed and how they coped with it. Participants were also asked if they had ever been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

The study found that people who avoid “too much stressful news” have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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McKernan stated, “Taking care of ourselves is something we can control.” This helps with stress by allowing you to see the patterns and reducing your anxiety.

Also, being outdoors, exercising, and drinking enough water are all linked to lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Researchers also looked into whether participants had taken Covid during the study. Radua stated that nearly all of them did.

He said that Covid did not affect the results, unlike too much television.

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