Figuring out how to keep up with the news cycle today without getting anxious isn't easy. You want to stay informed and know what's going on. But at the same time, every news alert can send you down into a deeper state of anxiety. With the current political climate, watching the news has never been more stressful. According to experts, if the news cycle is messing with your mental health, the best way to deal is to practice self-care. "It's so true that many of us feel overwhelmed with the negativity in the world today," Seattle-based therapist, Gretchen Glass, LMFT tells Bustle. "That's why it's important to remember that self-care is an essential part of mental health."
Practicing self-care isn't something you should find difficult. As Glass says, it's all about regrouping and grounding yourself if you feel like the state of the world today is emotionally overwhelming. With the latest reports about the missile strike against Syria, I think many of us could use a moment or two to take a step back, regroup, and calm any stress and anxiety we may have. So here are little ways to practice self-care if you feel like the news cycle is affecting your mental health: