As we are adjusting new terms like social distancing and hear about mass closing our businesses and schools with no end date in sight it is easy to become overwhelmed. There are lists everywhere telling you what to buy what to do & how to feel. With so much information now is a good time to focus on media literacy & anxiety for both us and our kids. How much time we spend on the media has a direct effect on our anxiety levels. So when you are consuming media use strategies to be smart about media.
Scholastic.com has great resources with seven questions to ask about the media as we watch, read, and listen to.
- Who made this story?
- Where was the story published?
- How was this story made?
- Why was this story made?
- When was this story made?
- What is this story missing?
- Where do I go from here?
Also, remember that only spend a small portion of your day in front of the news. Negative stories attract more viewers than positive which makes more money for media companies. If you can take advantage of this time to get outside, work in your yard, take walks, social distancing does not mean inside, (stay apart by about six feet) play as a family, board games, and charades.
For a very comprehensive list of articles and apps to help combat anxiety please read my friend, Tamara Hubbard, MA, LCPC’s latest blog.
Share in the comments what you and your family are doing to keep anxiety at bay while staying active.
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